USDA: Corn planting nearly complete, 56% of crop good/excellent

By Erin Voegele | June 24, 2019

The USDA released an update of its weekly Crop Progress report June 24, reporting that farmers in the nation’s top 18 corn-producing states have planted 96 percent of planned corn acreage as of June 23, down from 100 percent at the same period of last year, but up from 87 percent as reported for the week ending June 16.

The report also indicates 89 percent of the corn had emerged by June 23 in those 18 states, down from 100 percent reported for the same period of last year, but up from only 79 percent reported for the week ending June 16.

Only 8 percent of corn was listed as in excellent condition for the week ending June 23, down from 19 percent for the same period of last year. Approximately 48 percent was listed as in good condition, down from 56 percent for the same period of 2018. The report shows 32 percent of the corn crop was considered to be in fair condition for the week ending June 23, up from 18 percent in 2018. Approximately 9 percent was listed in poor condition, with 3 percent in very poor condition, compared to 4 percent and 1 percent in 2018, respectively.

The 18 states addressed in the USDA’s report for corn condition include Colorado, Illinois, Indian, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

According to USDA data for 2018, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska are the top U.S. corn producers.

Iowa’s Crop Progress and Condition report, also released June 23, noted showers and thunderstorms last week offered farmers in the state the opportunity for only 3.1 days of field work. The report indicates 96 percent of the expected corn crop has emerged, two week behind last year and 15 days behind the 5-year average. Corn condition in the stated improved to 62 percent good to excellent.

"The cool, wet weather pattern persisted across much of the state last week," said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig. "Now that most farmers are done planting, we need some warmer temperatures to help the crops catch up."

The Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report also showed limited opportunities for field work last week with only 2.2 days. Statewide, the temperature was 3.7 degrees below normal, with precipitation 1.24 inches above normal. Corn planted in the state reached 92 percent, with corn emerged at 84 percent. Approximately 41 percent of corn in the state was listed as in good condition, with only 6 percent in excellent condition.

The Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition report shows 3.3 days were suitable for field work last week. Corn emerged was 95 percent, behind 100 percent reported for both last year and the five-year average. Approximately 66 percent of corn was listed as in good condition, with 11 percent in excellent condition.