Corn Crop on schedule this year

June 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

From Cattle Network

Corn planting is wrapping up right on schedule this year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly Crop Progress report, 97 percent of the U.S. corn crop had been planted as of May 30. This is one point ahead of the five-year average and 5 points above the slow 2009 planting season. In addition, 85 percent of the crop has emerged, compared to the five-year average of 80 percent.

The report also indicates that corn crop conditions are better than last year with 76 percent of the corn planted rated good or excellent. In 2009, only 70 percent of the crop received similar marks in Late May.

“We are glad to know that crop progress is running right on schedule,” said NCGA President Darrin Ihnen. “We had significant challenges in 2008 and 2009, and having planting on track in 2010 and the crop rising quickly now adds to our optimism about a great year with a record harvest.”

With planting nearing completion, growers look forward to USDA’s updated supply and demand report, to be released on June 10. The estimate should reflect if USDA continues to project a record year given the conditions at the end of planting season. In addition, USDA will provide its annual report on crop acreage June 30.

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