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Corn Farmers Are Getting The Job Done

A major agricultural brokerage and research house reported yesterday their estimates for 2018 corn yields. They estimate the 2018 yield will be 182.7 bushels per acre, up from the mid-September estimate from USDA of 177.7 bushels. What do they say, a big crop gets bigger ?


In terms of getting the crop to market, as of this past Sunday night, September 30, it is estimated that the national corn harvest rose to 26%, rising 10 percentage points in the last week. This compares with 16% complete at this time last year, and a five year average of 17%. The overall crop is said to be 86% mature, up from 72% last week, 66% last year st this time, and well above the five year average of 71%. This is the fastest harvest seen since 2012, and two weeks ahead of last year. Farmers struck while the iron was hot, which mitigates any negative effect that weather will have on the harvest during the next two weeks.


Condition ratings for the corn crop were estimated at 69% being rated as good/excellent, in line with last year's reading at this time of 66% and the 67% five year average reading.


Congratulations to all the corn farmers, for the third year in a row they have shown why they are the best in the world at feeding the world its corn ! No one in America will be without their morning corn muffin for as far as the eye can see. Corn dog, anyone ?

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