GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado’s corn-for-grain production in 2017 is expected to come in at 176.9 million bushels, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecast released this month. That total would stand as about a 10 percent increase compared to 2016, and as the most bushels harvested since 2011.
The boost in production compared to recent years stems from the USDA’s anticipated increase for both acres harvested in Colorado (1.22 million, which would be the most in the state since 2013) and also a predicted bump in yields (145.0 bushels per acre — the most since 2014).
About 90 percent of the state’s corn acres are harvested for grain. It will be awhile before Colorado’s actual corn-for-grain production can be compared to forecasts, as harvest was only about 2 percent complete this week. Corn-silage harvest, though, is well underway in Colorado, where about 10 percent of corn acres are harvested for silage. However, the USDA does not release state-by-state forecasts for silage.
The USDA also reported recently that 14 percent of Colorado’s crop was listed as “excellent” and 51 percent was “good” (while 24 percent was “fair,” 10 percent was “poor,” and 1 percent was listed as “very poor”). Additionally, 71 percent of the state’s crop had reached the denting stage (trailing the five-year of 88 percent) and 19 percent had reached the mature stage (behind the five-year average of 30 percent).
— Colorado Corn
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