Early Corn Harvest Not Far Off Average Pace

The U.S. corn harvest is officially underway and is progressing quite well, considering how far behind the crop is in terms of development.

Monday’s USDA crop progress report put the nationwide harvest at 4% complete as of Sunday, a relatively modest 4 points behind last year and only 3 points behind the average. On the other hand, just 18% of the crop was considered mature as of Sunday, up 7 points on the week and far behind 51% last year and 39% on average.

In terms of the harvest, 1% of the crop was reported off in Illinois, 10 points behind last year and 5 points behind average, while the Indiana harvest was also 1% done, 5 points back of last year and 3 points behind average. No harvest progress was yet reported in the main production state of Iowa, versus 2% complete last year and 1% on average.

No harvest was also yet reported in either Michigan or Ohio, compared to 1% on average for both.

Most of the harvest progress to date has occurred in the more southern production regions which are making good strides. In North Carolina, almost three-quarters (72%) of the crop was reported off as of Sunday, ahead of 63% for both last year and the average. In Texas, the harvest was 59% done, near the average of 61%.

In Illinois, crop maturity gained just 6 points on the week to move to 14%, behind 53% on average, while the Iowa crop was only 8% mature, up from 4% the previous week and 26 points behind average. An estimated 16% of the crop was mature in Indiana, up 8 points, but lagging the average of 42%. The Michigan and Ohio crops were 3% and 8% mature as of Sunday, compared to 19% and 29% on average.

Across the country, just over two-thirds of the crop (68%) was dented as of Sunday, behind 87% on average.

At 55% good to excellent as of Sunday, the condition of the nationwide crop was unchanged from a week earlier and below 68% last year.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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