The corn crop in the Midwest is struggling to finish. USDA's Crop Progress report shows 34% of the corn crop has reached maturity, 13 percentage points behind the 5-year average of 47%.
Minnesota is 23 points behind with just 13% of the state's corn crop rated as mature. Scouts on the 2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour described Minnesota as the 'garden spot' for the corn crop this year. 83% of the crop is rated good-to-excellent heading into harvest. The Illinois corn crop is 20 points behind with 39% rated mature. Iowa is 15 points behind with 30% reaching maturity.