Corn Condition, Development Lagging

With the condition of the crop lagging well behind a year earlier, the 2019 U.S. corn crop still has a long road to travel in terms of development as well.

According to Monday’s USDA crop progress report, just 7% of the nationwide crop had reached the dent stage as of Sunday, far behind 24% last year and 16% on average. In fact, that portion of the crop in the dent stage was at just 1% for all of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana as of Sunday, compared to the average of 20%, 42% and 23%, respectively. Further, no crop had reached the dent stage in either Michigan and Ohio, versus 2% and 8% on average.

Meanwhile, just over one-third of the corn crop (39%) had reached the dough stage as of Sunday, up from 23% a week earlier but behind 71% and 61% for last year and the average. An estimated 90% of the crop was silking as of Sunday, up from 78% a week earlier but still 7 points behind the average.

Across the country, 57% of the corn crop was rated good to excellent as of Sunday, unchanged from a week earlier but well below 70% at this time last year.

The Illinois crop was rated 40% good to excellent, down a single point from the previous week, while Indiana was down 3 points at 33% and Iowa was down 1 point at 65%. The Michigan crop was rated 40% good to excellent as of Sunday, a hefty 6-point drop from the previous week. The condition of the Ohio crop was steady from a week earlier at 34% good to excellent.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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