Weather challenges reflected in crop report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released June 12 by the Agriculture Department reflects the slow corn planting season across much of the Corn Belt due to snow, rain and cool weather, according to analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Ninety-five percent of this year’s corn crop was planted as of June 9 (only 92 percent in Iowa), but later-planted corn faces the risk of pollination during seasonally warmer temperatures and drier weather expected in late July, which could reduce the yield. June’s WASDE report projected 156.5 bushels per acre for 2013, down 1.5 bushels per acre from May.
Although reduced by 135 million bushels to slightly above 14 billion bushels, corn production, if realized, would still be record setting. The report also reduced projected corn use by 70 million bushels.
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