June 20, 2008
June 20, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rated 43 percent of the U.S. corn crop as fair, poor or very poor based on conditions in the week ended June 15, compared with just 30 percent of the crop rated in that range last year.
In its weekly Crop Progress report, USDA rated 3 percent of the crop as very poor, 9 percent as poor, 31 percent as fair, 48 percent as good and 9 percent as excellent.
More than 50 percent of the corn crops in Iowa, Missouri and Texas were rated fair, poor or very poor due to flooding in Iowa and Missouri and drought conditions in Texas.
There is concern about the yield potential of flooded crops that may have to be replanted. Illinois Crop Sciences Professor Emerson Nafziger's analysis of previous years' corn planting data in Illinois determined that about 50 percent of the maximum yield can be expected when planting is done around June 15 to 20.
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is taking several steps to assess the impact of the extraordinary rainfall in the Midwest on the 2008 crop acreage.
NASS will release the 2008 Acreage report as scheduled on June 30, however, most of the acreage data was collected during the first two weeks of June, before the majority of the flooding occurred. In the Acreage report, NASS will use standard procedures to estimate planted area. But in an effort to more accurately determine how much of the planted area will actually be harvested for grain, NASS will re-interview producers during the week of June 23 in affected areas of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. This will provide additional information about producers' harvesting intentions for corn, soybeans and sorghum.
Since some producers may be difficult to contact or may still be assessing their options, NASS also plans to conduct a more extensive update of planted and harvested acreage in July. This information will be reflected in the August 12 Crop Production report.
To view the Crop Progress report, go to www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/prog2508.pdf