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Colorado Corn Crop Condition takes Another Dip

After a brief recovery, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report showed that Colorado’s corn crop condition was on the decline again, with only a combined 55 percent of the crop in “good” or “excellent” condition. These figures mark another chapter in what’s been a climate-driven up-and-down year for the state’s corn. 
Early in the growing season, more than 90 percent of the crop was listed as “good” or “excellent,” but that fell to below 60 percent in late July, then rebounded to above 80 percent in August before falling again in recent reports. As of Sunday, September 3rd. only 7 percent of the state’s corn was in “excellent” condition and 48 percent was “good,” while 32 percent was “fair,” 12 percent was “poor,” and 1 percent was listed as “very poor.” 
In addition to the overall condition of the crop declining in recent weeks, the maturity of the crop also remains behind pace. As of Sunday, 80 percent of the state’s crop had reached the doughing stage, which trails the five-year of 91 percent for this time of the year. Similarly, 35 percent of the state’s crop had reached the denting stage, which is also behind the five-year average of 51 percent. 
Nationwide,13 percent of the crop is in “excellent” condition, 48 percent is listed as “good,” 26 percent is “fair,” 9 percent is “poor,” and 4 percent is “very poor.” Meanwhile, 92 percent of the U.S. crop is in the doughing stage (five-year average is 94 percent), and 60 percent is in the denting stage (five-year average is 68 percent). 

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