Harvest ahead of schedule

Harvest is progressing more quickly than average this year. With 6% of acres already complete nationally, many states are progressing well ahead of schedule, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Ohio has even been home to scattered harvest in a handful of fields around the state, though there was no recorded percentage from USDA.

Corn condition overall remains stable as the growing season nears an end, with no significant changes evident since last week.

“Farmers have faced many difficulties this year, with a long, intense drought impacting much of the Corn Belt in 2012,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “After an early planting season and optimism surrounding the large numbers of acres planted, much of the Midwest saw corn that failed to reach its full potential due to unfavorable weather during critical periods. Despite these setbacks, farmers across the country are drawing upon their inner reserves, resiliently working to make this harvest as abundant as possible for our nation. As their work continues, it is important to remember the dedication that these hard-working farm families demonstrate and, in return, show that the country supports them.”

Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas and Kentucky have all begun harvesting in earnest much earlier than normal, with each state a full 20 or more points ahead of the five-year trend for percentage of acres harvested by this time. With a full 32% of acres harvest, Missouri has harvested at the most accelerated rate. In Missouri, harvest usually begins around Aug. 29 and enters the most active stage in the second week of September. The progress achieved by Aug. 26 indicates farmers are a full 29 points ahead of the five-year trend.

Likewise, Kansas and Kentucky have both achieved notably early progress.  Both more than 20 points over trend, harvest does not normally commence in either state until after Sept. 1. While Tennessee farmers normally begin corn harvest on Aug. 25, reports indicate 33% of that state’s corn acres had already been harvested on Aug. 26 this year.

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