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U.S. Corn Harvest on Track for Historic Yield

U.S. corn growers might be witnessing a turning point this year. While early dry spells and summer heatwaves initially cast doubts, timely July rains have significantly bolstered the corn crops during their vital development stages. 

This surge in production, however, could pose a double-edged sword. While it augments the domestic corn cache, it might dent the U.S. corn exports due to Brazil's impressive harvest, possibly making it the global corn leader. 

The robust yield prospects led to a noticeable dip in corn market values, down by 18% in July from a late-June zenith. But it wasn't all bleak. Thanks to genetically modified corn, which constitutes over 90% of U.S. production, the crops showed resilience against drought. 

A western Illinois Farmer notes, "The cutting-edge seed technology was a game-changer. The corn yield might turn out quite commendable." 

That said, analysts anticipate a slight trimming in the government's corn production forecast to 15.135 billion bushels, down from an earlier estimation of 15.320 billion. If this comes to fruition, it will be the second-highest yield, closely following the 2016 harvest. 

July saw the U.S. Agriculture Department bumping up their good-to-excellent corn ratings by 4%, marking a vital phase for corn's pollination and yield potential.  

But challenges lurk. While modern farming techniques have countered some adversities, the early-season drought will still weigh on the final yield figures. An Illinois-based farmer captures the sentiment, stating, "This season's been full of ups and downs. It's high time Mother Nature settled!" 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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