Industry News

USDA Crop Progress Report

Harvest is in full swing with all evaluated states gathering corn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) report for October 10 shows harvested corn at 34% this week, which is exceeding the five-year average by 3% and the same time last year by 4%. Moreover, mature corn has reached 89% progress this week, with a small increase of 7% points from last week and surpassing the five-year average by 3%. Moreover, the quality of corn in the “good to excellent” categories declined by 1% point this week bringing the total to 52%.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has a US National Grain Drying Profile that tracks crop moisture by county. Most evaluated areas on the map are trending drier because of various drought conditions, which will result in a mixed moisture crop while harvesting. However, there are still areas that have average moisture and will need propane to dry crops to optimum conditions. To view the PERC Grain Drying Profile, click here.

NPGA continues to diligently monitor the ongoing progress and various environmental variables that might influence the demand for propane during harvest season. This includes increased yields due to this year’s record-breaking crop planting.  To view the USDA crop report in its entirety, click here.

Questions? Please contact NPGA Senior Manager of Industry Affairs Twana Aiken.