The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its weekly report on crop progress on Tuesday, indicating that very little has changed in crop conditions.
NASS reported 14% of the corn crop is in "excellent" condition, with Colorado leading the way with 28% of its crop in this category. Thirty-nine percent of the nationâ€™s crop is in "good" condition; 27% is in "fair" condition; 13% is in "poor" condition; and 7% is in "very poor" condition.
"Weâ€™re beyond the pollination stage in most states," says Max Starbuck, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) director of livestock and economic analysis. "Now, weâ€™re just waiting to see what kind of harvest our growers can manage."
Though dry conditions throughout the Corn Belt may keep farmers from reaching the record harvest of 11.8 billion bushels set in 2004, a large harvest is still expected. ProExporter has predicted American corn growers will reap 10.1 billion bushels this year.
Some areas remain in drought conditions. More than half of Illinoisâ€™ corn crop is considered to be in poor or very poor condition. Forty percent of Missouriâ€™s crop is below the "fair" category as well.
"In Illinois, some farmers are already talking about silage, if they have livestock," Satrbuck says. "Theyâ€™re salvaging what they can."
The majority of every stateâ€™s corn crop has moved from the silking to the doughing stage. Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin are the only states with crops below 93% in the silking stage.
Texas and Tennessee are the two states with the most corn in the denting stage. Texas has 63% of its crop in the denting stage; Tennessee has 40%.