25 July 2011 23:02 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A massive heat wave that baked most of the US midwest last week had worsened the condition of corn and soybean crops, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.
The condition of the 2011 crop in the top 18 corn-producing states was rated as 46% good, down 4% from last week.
Corn rated in poor condition climbed to 9% of the crop, up 2 percentage points from last week's rating of 7% in poor condition.
The USDA reported that as of 24 July, 65% of the corn crop was in the silking, or pollination, phase, a period when high temperatures can have the most harmful effect on crop yield.
Fortunately for much of the midwest, cooler temperatures with timely rains arrived over the weekend, limiting any crop damage.
The condition of the soybean crop in the 18 top-producing states also slipped, with 49% rated in good condition compared with 51% a week earlier.
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections