Grain Council Releases Corn Harvest Quality Report
“The Council has been providing the report every year for the last 11 years,” said Dr. Kyle Gilliam, USGC manager of global strategies and trade. “Our reports consistently show that the U.S. produces an abundance of good quality corn. This year’s report is no different with this crop being one of the better crops since we started our report in 2011.”
The report, based on 610 samples taken from defined areas within 12 of the top corn-producing and exporting states, showed the 2021 crop was planted earlier than average and experienced a mostly warm growing season. Overall, 65 percent of the crop rated a good or excellent condition, nearing record-high yields.
The average aggregate quality of the representative samples tested was better than the grade factor requirements for U.S. No. 1 grade. The report also showed that 90 percent of the samples met the grade factor requirements for U.S. No. 1 grade and 98 percent met the grade factor requirements for U.S. No. 2.
This year’s crop also showed lower average broken corn and foreign material (BCFM) than the five-year average; lower average total damage than the five-year average; and a similar average moisture content compared to the five-year average. The crop also showed lower-than-average protein concentration than the five-year average; lower average stress cracks than 2020 and the five-year average; and a similar average 100-kernel weight compared to the five-year average.
Source: U.S. Grains Council