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Maura Bennett Corn Crop Progress
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: August 08, 2018

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Corn Crop Development

The USDA has given us a look at corn crop development.

Meanwhile Colorado Corn Growers echo National Corn Growers who says that trade disputes are doing more damage to low prices.

First, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey has a look at corn crop progress.

“We now see more than half the US corn reach the doe stage, 57 percent. Well ahead of the five year average of 37 percent and last year’s 39 percent. The state furthest ahead of its 5 year average is Illinois, now 81 percent doe. It’s 5 year average is just 51 percent. We have our first look at corn dented, pretty early to be looking at these numbers. 12 percent is the national numbers for August 5th. That’s twice the 5 year average of 6 percent, twice what we saw this time last year.”

Colorado corn, a primary feed source for Colorado livestock, has seen a price drop of 20 percent since the first of June according to the Colorado Corn trade Association.

Kim Reddin with the Colorado Corn trade association while Colorado does not directly export corn to China, but it feeds a lot of livestock in the state and some of that livestock , the meat products grown in Colorado do get exported.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet called the 12 billion dollar aid package to US farmers, “As insane as the policy that got us into this mess,” “Our farmers and ranchers want to compete and grow in the global economy. The president’s incoherent trade policy continues to lead to missed opportunities. The Trump administration last month announced a $12 billion emergency agriculture relief package. Corn growers say they want to rely on markets not aid.

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