Corn Harvest Breezes Past Halfway Mark

The US corn harvest has progressed past the halfway mark.

Monday’s weekly USDA crop progress report put the national corn harvest at 52% complete as of Sunday. That is up 11 points on the week and 11 points ahead of the five-year average, although still slightly behind pre-report expectations of 54%. Last year at this time, 57% of the American corn crop was in the bin.

The Illinois harvest advanced 7 points on the week to 62% complete, 1 point behind last year but 3 points ahead of the state average. The Indiana harvest was 45% complete as of Sunday, compared to 36% a week earlier and on par with the average. In the No. 1 production state of Iowa, an estimated 43% of the crop was off, up from 30% a week earlier and 14 points ahead of average.

The Michigan harvest gained 8 points on the week to reach 32% complete as of Sunday, versus 23% last year and 20% on average, while the Ohio harvest was 25% done, up 6 points from a week earlier and 4 points behind the state average. At 42% complete the North Dakota harvest advanced 13 points from the previous week and was 21 points ahead of the average.

Across the country, 97% of the corn crop had reached maturity as of Sunday, up 3 points from a week earlier and 4 points ahead of average.

At 60% good to excellent, the condition of the corn crop was unchanged from the previous week and 1 point below a year earlier.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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