Percentage of mature U.S. corn doubles in one week
Number still below the five-year average
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
The U.S. corn crop is maturing quickly, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
USDA reported that 12 percent of the total corn crop is mature. That number is up from 6 percent last week but still shy of the five-year average at 18 percent.
On a state level, North Carolina has the largest percentage of mature corn at 83 percent, up from last week’s 72 percent.
The corn crops in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Michigan are only 1 percent mature.
USDA also ranked 48 percent of the U.S. corn crop as good.
11 percent of the total soybean crop has dropped its leaves, according to the USDA’s report. That number is up from 6 percent last week.
The soybean crop in Louisiana has dropped 64 percent of its leaves, which is the highest state among the 18 states recorded.
None of the soybean crop in Wisconsin has dropped its leaves, according to the USDA. At this time last year, 5 percent of the state’s soybean crop had dropped its leaves.
USDA ranked 50 percent of the total U.S. soybean crop as good.
Farmers have harvested 89 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop.
That number is up from 76 percent the week before and up from the five-year average of 78 percent.
Growers in South Dakota have completed 97 percent of their spring wheat harvest, the highest percentage of the six states recorded.
Farmers in Washington and Idaho have completed 88 percent of their spring wheat harvests. These states have the lowest percentages of the six states documented, according to the USDA.
Suitable fieldwork days
The states with the most suitable fieldwork days for the week ending September 3 were:
New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Massachusetts – 7
Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Maine – 6.9
The states with the fewest suitable fieldwork days were:
Louisiana – 1.8
Mississippi – 3.3
Tennessee – 3.8
Weekly precipitation levels
The next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin is scheduled for release on Tues., Sept. 12.