Major Impact of Flood On US Corn Farming

The rain and flooding that has affected Corn Belt farmers continue to be reflected within the poor Crop Progress numbers, based on Monday’s latest update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The percentage of corn considered “good” or “excellent” in 18 key corn-producing states dropped from the previous week from 59% to 56%. The five-year average for the condition of corn rated “good” or “excellent” is 77%.

“The percentage is going down — and that’s a bad path,” stated AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. “It’s not that it dropped all that a lot; it is simply the truth that it has dropped at all is surprising … The heavy rains in southern Illinois and elements of Missouri that got 3 to 5 inches contributed to the deterioration.”

Missouri had just 28% of its corn rated “good” or “excellent,” whereas Ohio had 39%, Michigan had 40%, and Illinois was at 47%.

Some good news for Corn Belt farmers: “This week, the weather will turn and get drier,” Nicholls stated.

Soybean planting, as AccuWeather predicted, rose in 18 key U.S. soybean-producing states, according to the Crop Progress. The report confirmed 85% of soybeans had been planted as of June 23, after the percentage was at 77% the earlier week. The five-year average for the date is 97%.