U.S. Corn Crop Clearing Early Hurdles

It is still a long way from the bin, but it appears most of the early hurdles are out of the way for the 2020 U.S. corn crop. The crop was planted ahead of normal; emergence is running ahead of the average and crop conditions are favourable.

In its regular weekly crop report on Monday, the USDA pegged the overall condition of this year’s nationwide corn crop at 74% good to excellent as of Sunday, up 4 points on the week and 15 points better than last year’s second condition rating of the season (which was not issued until June 17). Meanwhile, planting of the 2020 crop advanced 5 points on the week to reach 93% complete as of Sunday, 7 points ahead of the average pace, while an estimated 78% of the crop had emerged, compared to 73% on average.

In the primary production state of Iowa, the condition of the crop was rated at 85% good to excellent as of Sunday, up 7 points on the week and one of the top ratings in the country. The condition of the crop in No. 2 Illinois inched up a single point on the week to 56% good to excellent, while the Indiana crop improved 4 points to 68% good to excellent.

The condition of the Michigan crop gained 8 points on the week to 57% good to excellent and Ohio was up 8 points to 62%. On the other hand, the condition of the North Dakota fell a single point on the week to 73%.

In terms of planting, Iowa was virtually complete as of Sunday at 98%, 4 points ahead of average, while Illinois was 6 points ahead at 92% done. Planting in Indiana gained 7 points on the week to 87% complete, versus 79% on average. The Michigan and Ohio crops were 80% and 75% planted as of Sunday, compared to 66% and 54% a week earlier and 77% and 90% on average. North Dakota planting jumped 21 points from the previous week to 75% done as of Sunday, although that’s still behind 90% on average.

Iowa corn emergence was running 12 points ahead of average at 93% as of Sunday, while Indiana was 10 points ahead at 73%. Illinois was 1 point behind at 76%. Michigan emergence was 2 points ahead of the average at 53% but Ohio was 4 points behind at 55%.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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