Lanworth, the analysis group which draws crop estimates from satellite data, has pegged the US corn harvest 570m bushels below government estimates, warning of weather damage and lower sowings than officials are counting on.
The prominent consultancy, which was also more downbeat that the US Department of Agriculture on prospects for the country's soybean output, said that yields of both the oilseed and corn would come in close to trend in the important agricultural states of Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.
However, surrounding areas would see losses of 7-9%.
"The largest losses are expected in the eastern Corn Belt, where historically delayed planting under wet conditions has been followed by hot and dry conditions, and in drought-affected Southern areas," Lanworth said.
"Imagery confirms extremely low vegetation density in eastern Indiana, central and southern Kansas, northwest Ohio, and southern Michigan."...MORE