DRY HEAT TAKING A TOLL ON U.S. CORN CROP.

nina | July 3rd, 2012 - 9:00 am

USDA reported 56 percent of the U.S. corn crop in good or excellent condition in the week ended June 24, down from 63 percent a week ago and 68 percent at this time last year.

Hot, dry conditions have pervaded many corn-growing states in June, stressing the early-planted crop more in some states than others. For example, while 68 percent of the Iowa corn crop was rated in good or excellent condition, just 37 percent of the Illinois crop and just 27 percent of the Indiana crop were rated that highly.

In the 18 states that grow much of the U.S. corn crop, 14 percent were rated in poor or very poor condition, up from 9 percent a week ago and 9 percent at this time last year.

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