How Does USDA Report Corn Losses from Drought?
Nov 02, 2012
Question: I am wondering if the 3 to 8 percent loss most corn suffered from being too dry on the later harvested corn (I heard as low as 10 percent @ local elevator) is factored into the latest (USDA) report? My last field of irrigated corn I harvested on October 4, tested 12.2% moisture, it was 112-day corn and had been sprayed with a fungicide, so it would have been wetter in the beginning. I figured I had a 6 % reduction in yield at least, maybe more. Irrigated yields were fantastic--230 to 270 bushel/A here in North east Nebraska. But a 6% reduction to that means a 13 to 16 bushel/A decrease. Just saying it will show up down the road depending on the number of acres that where harvested after late September here in Nebraska.
-- Thanks Alan Hoehne
Answer: The report contains harvestable acres, so I don’t think that loss is calculated, as you suspect. I also doubt whether the fields that were condemned this year because of aflatoxin were calculated either. When that last report was done, it was based on expected yields and not any calculated future loss.