As of Sunday, 75 percent of the nation’s corn acres were planted, according to the latest USDA crop progress report, which is up 20 percent from the previous week, and 18% ahead of the five year average. Emergence is now also head of average at nearly 30% as of May 10.
“This planting season, farmers showed what is possible with technology and tenacity,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “While the progress over the last two weeks has been impressive, it is important to keep in mind that early progress is not a concrete indicator of what we will find at harvest.”
Nearly all states made good progress last week, despite rainy weather in some areas, such as Iowa. “The entire state saw at least some precipitation over the past week and as result planting progress was slowed, especially when compared to the previous week,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “Fortunately, we remain ahead of the five-year average with 83 percent of corn and 30 percent of soybeans planted.”
The state making the most progress last week was Minnesota, where farmers planted another 45 percent of the corn acres to reach 95 percent completion.