The U.S. crop looks good, but crop maturity will be key for the next few weeks. According to the latest Allendale farmer survey, Allendale Chief Marketing Strategist Rich Nelson says farmers in the western Corn Belt will have serious concerns about maturity. “In fact, we had one North Dakota producer tell us in the survey they are concerned about the corn through December 20. Another producer is concerned through November 21,” says Nelson. “Most of producers did say growing a crop through early October could help the crop reach maturity if the weather cooperates. Most producers were hesitant to suggest that.” Nelson says the surprises on maturity come from the Eastern Corn Belt. “We knew farmers in Ohio planted late, with full maturity estimated around October 16. We were surprised to see some producers say it wasn’t as bad as expected, around October 5.”
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