The corn harvest is not quite finished, but weekly USDA crop progress reports are done for the year.
According to the last report issued on Monday, 95 percent of the corn crop nationwide is in the bin, less than the 98 percent average for the end of November. Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are dragging behind with less than 90 percent harvested, while Missouri is the only corn belt state reporting 100 percent.
Iowa, at 96 percent harvested, is down about three percent from normal. “Overall, many farmers have reported better than expected yields, despite the challenges of the growing season. Dry weather, particularly in southern Iowa, stressed crops and did negatively impact yields in some areas,” said Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.
During the first two weeks of December, NASS will survey approximately 90,000 United States producers in one of USDA’s largest survey efforts to provide the final information about the 2017 U.S. row crops focusing on harvested acreage, production, and storage. The survey will also be used to help establish county level estimates used by the Farm Service Agency for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Risk Management Agency to administer insurance programs.