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Wet and Dry Weather Causing Mixed Effect on Corn Crop

Wet and Dry Weather Causing Mixed Effect on Corn Crop

Pace of crop remains strong in some areas while falling behind in others.

Nationally speaking the corn crop remains well ahead of normal with 85% of the crop mature by Sept. 26, which is well ahead of both the five-year average of 65% and last year's number of 35%.

Harvest is also ahead of normal with 27% complete compared to the five-year average of 15% and last year's number at this time of 6%. However looking geographically USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says some areas are far ahead while others are lagging behind.

"In the Eastern Corn Belt Illinois is 57% harvested," Rippey said. "Far ahead of the five-year average of 21% and last year's number of 2%"

It's a different story in the Western Corn Belt where weather has slowed harvest progress in states like Minnesota and South Dakota.

"Just 1% was harvested in the week ending Sept. 26 to reach 2% overall," Rippey said. "Those numbers have now fallen behind the five-year average pace."

Overall corn conditions are at 66% good to excellent, which is 2% down from a week ago as well as 2% down from a year ago.

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