Corn Harvest Quality Report

The U.S. Grains Council has conducted its sixth annual corn quality survey and is pleased to present the findings in this 2016/2017 Corn Harvest Quality Report.

The Grains Council is committed to providing accurate and timely information about the quality of the U.S. corn crop as it comes out of the field. Such information helps buyers make well-informed decisions and increases their confidence in the capacity and reliability of the U.S. corn market.

This year’s corn crop had an excellent crop condition during reproductive growth, as well as high yields, particularly from the western Corn Belt. Overall, 2016 was characterized by a warm, dry vegetative period, followed by a warm and wet grain-filling period and harvest. Such favorable weather conditions in the United States have led to a projected record amount of corn in 2016 available for export.

As in past editions, the 2016/2017 Corn Harvest Quality Report provides information about the quality of the current U.S. crop at harvest as it enters international merchandising channels, using consistent methodology to allow for comparison with past years’ quality. Corn quality observed by buyers will be further affected by subsequent handling, blending and storage conditions. A second Council report, the 2016/2017 Corn Export Cargo Quality Report, will measure corn quality at export terminals at the point of loading for international shipment and will be available in early 2017.

The U.S. Grains Council strives for global food security and mutual economic benefit through the expansion of trade and overseas market development. Our global staff serves as a bridge between international corn buyers and the world’s largest and most sophisticated agricultural production and export system.

As part of this role, the Council is pleased to offer this report as a service to our partners in support of the Council’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade, and improving lives. We hope you find this report valuable.

You may download the entire Harvest Report 2016/2017 by clicking here. Or, in the event you only need a few of the chapters, you may view online each separately below.