Corn harvest progresses to 65 percent

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The end of the 2011 corn harvest season is quickly approaching according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report. Sixty-five percent of corn has now been harvested in the nation’s top 18 producing states, which is 14 percentage points above the five-year average but still well below last year’s pace. The report also showed little change crop conditions from last week’s report.

Harvest Update

The report showed 65 percent of corn harvested, compared to 47 percent last week and the five-year average of 51 percent. Though the pace has picked up thanks to ideal conditions across much of the Plains and the Corn Belt, the national average is still 16 percentage points below last year’s report.

North Carolina saw 97 percent of corn harvest, the highest percentage reported. Tennessee and Texas aren’t far behind as each reported 95 percent of corn now harvested.

As has been the trend for much of the year, Ohio continues to lag behind the other states. Just 14 percent of Ohio’s corn has been harvested. Michigan and Pennsylvania also reported lower percentages with 20 and 31 percent of corn harvested.

Crop Conditions

Conditions this week once again leveled off, changing only by a 1 percentage point:


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Wisconsin and Nebraska once again had the best conditions of the week with 79 and 78 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition. Other states with high percentages of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition included South Dakota (72 percent), Michigan (65 percent), Iowa (59 percent) and Tennessee (59 percent).

Texas continued to have the worst rated corn in the country with 68 percent in “very poor” to “poor” condition. North Carolina (53 percent), Kansas (48 percent), and Missouri (44 percent) also reported high percentages of struggling corn fields.

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