The National Agriculture Statistics Service's latest crop report has the corn crop condition receding slightly from the previous week, mainly because of drought conditions across the
Seven percent of the crop is classified as "very poor," up two points from last week. Eleven percent is considered "poor," up one point from last week.
Fifteen percent of the crop is rated as "Excellent," 41% is "Good" and 26% is "Fair." During the same week in 2005, 14% was excellent, 39% was good, 27% was fair, 13% was poor and 7% was very poor.
"There is no doubt the prolonged drought is affecting the corn crop," says Bill Chase, National Corn Growers Association chairman of the Production and Stewardship Action Team. "However, it is important to note the report indicates the crop is better than last year at this time, and we produced 11.112 billion bushels of corn, the second-highest harvest ever."
Chase is from
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Drought Monitor, areas of
More than 90% of the corn crop is silking. Twenty-five percent of the crop is doughing, up 12% from last week.
NASS released data on dented corn for the first time this year. Overall, 5% of the crop has dented.