Corn production and Condition
Corn production in Colorado is forecast at 152.10 million bushels, according to the August 1 USDA’s Agricultural Yield Survey.
This forecast is down 5 percent from last year's 159.90 million bushels.
Brad Rippey, a USDA meteorologist, has been keeping an eye on conditions. He says some of the worst corn condition ratings are right Colorado, though as you’ll hear the state is not alone.
Rippey: “The worst corn conditions are outside the heart of the midwest, affecting places like Colorado where currently 28 percent of the crop is rated very poor to poor.”
As of August 16, Colorado's corn crop condition was rated 14 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. (Corn silking was 84 percent complete, compared with 70 percent last year and the 5-year average of 75 percent.)
The 1.30 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June estimate and unchanged from the acres harvested a year ago. The average yield is expected to decrease 6.0 bushels per acre from last year to 117.0 bushels per acre.