Drought, Hurricane Irene hinder corn conditions

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Corn conditions in the top 18 producing states dropped slightly this week with 54 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 47 percent last week and 70 percent last year. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report also indicated that more than half of corn crop has now dented.

Crop Conditions

Between Hurricane Irene’s drenching and parched fields in Texas, conditions were only slightly lower than last week’s report but remain well below 2010’s report:

 

U.S. Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

7

12

27

42

12

Last Week

6

11

26

44

13

Last Year

3

7

20

48

22

 

After holding the status of “best corn conditions in the nation” for weeks, Wisconsin was finally knocked down to having the second best corn conditions in the nation. Nebraska reported 77 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition, making it just 1 percentage point above Wisconsin’s report. Other states with positive corn conditions include South Dakota (73 percent), North Dakota (69 percent) and Michigan (64 percent).

 

Texas, North Carolina and Kansas rounded out the corn conditions list as having the worst conditions on the country for yet another week.

 

Although Texas crops have leveled out for the past three reports, the state’s corn fields remain in the worst condition in the country.

 

Texas Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

33

35

22

10

0

August 22

33

35

22

10

0

August 15

33

35

22

10

0

August 8

40

32

22

10

0

August 1

36

34

21

9

0

July 25

39

32

22

7

0

July 18

35

30

23

12

0

July 11

35

27

25

13

0

July 5

26

27

30

16

1

 

As expected, North Carolina reported crop conditions 4 percentage points lower than last week’s report following a Hurricane Irene’s brutal deluge last weekend:

 

N.C. Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

28

24

28

18

2

August 22

23

25

28

22

2

August 15

21

22

29

26

2

August 8

24

24

28

23

1

August 1

22

23

28

25

2

Meanwhile, Kansas conditions fell by 4 percentage points this week as 46 percent of the state’s corn is now rated in “very poor” to “poor” condition.  

Progress Update

Much of the nation’s corn – 88 percent – has now progressed beyond the dough stage. Fifty-three percent of corn has dented, compared to the five-year average of 54 percent and last year’s pace of 70 percent. Corn has also reached maturity in 9 percent of the fields with 12 states reported mature corn. North Carolina (81 percent), Texas (65 percent) and Tennessee (42 percent) reported the highest percentages of mature corn.

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Ken Martin    
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Did some one make an error in typing?????


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