The U.S. Grains Council is rolling out the good news that a warm and moist growing season resulted in near-record yields and good quality for the 2018 corn crop. The 2018/2019 Corn Harvest Quality Report is the Council’s eighth annual corn quality survey. According to the data, the majority of 2018 corn crop conditions were rated as good or excellent during the growing season, leading to strong plant health, good kernel size and a projected crop of 371.5 million metric tons, or 14.6 billion bushels, the third-largest crop on record.
The report showed 93.9 percent of tested U.S. corn samples rated at U.S. Grade Number 2 or better; this was largely the result of a warm, wet vegetative period and a moderate pollination and grain-filling period. The drier, moderate temperatures during the second half of the growing season promoted healthy plants, good test weights and low kernel damage.
Source: NAFB News Service