Corn Planting Progress Ahead of Average

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Corn, Planting, USDA

#plant16The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that corn planting continues to be ahead of the five-year average.  Last week results showed 30 percent of the total corn acres have been planted, numbers that exceed the average by 14 percentage points and ten percentage points ahead of where growers were just the week before.

Missouri leads the way in corn planing, surpassing the five-year average by 50 percentage points.  Iowa and Minnesota are ahead of the game as well, showing more than 30 percentage points ahead of the five-year average as well.  Texas is currently the only state behind the five-year average by more than five points.

The USDA also released its first forecast of the percentage of corn emerged this week. While planting ran far ahead of the five-year average, the percentage of the corn crop emerged surpassed the five-year average by only one percentage point. Again, Missouri saw progress the furthest ahead of the average, with 24 percent of corn acres emerged. The state normally sees only ten percent emergence by this point.

The full report is available here.