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Little U.S. Corn Planting Progress


U.S. corn producers were only able to plant another 2% of their crop last week as cold, wet conditions continued to plague the Corn Belt, keeping producers out of their fields.

Monday afternoon’s weekly crop update from USDA pegged U.S. corn planting progress at only 9% as of Sunday against last year’s record pace of 46% and a five-year average of 23%.

In the top corn-growing states of Iowa and Illinois, planting progress advanced only 1 percentage point last week putting the Illinois progress at 10% vs. an average of 27% and Iowa progress at 3% against an average of 28%.

Minnesota again reported no planting progress, which compared to a five-year average of 22% for April 24. Statewide temperatures averaged 7.1 degrees below normal for the week and some areas of southeastern Minnesota received record-setting snowfall April 19-20.

Field conditions remain saturated and the anticipated start date for full-scale fieldwork has been pushed back to May 1, the Minnesota office of the National Agricultural Statistics Agency said in its weekly report.

Corn planting remained largely stalled in the eastern Corn Belt as well with Indiana planting progress unchanged from a week earlier at 2% vs. a five-year average of 15% and Ohio progress advancing 1 point to 1% vs. an average of 14%.

Weather conditions are not likely to allow much planting progress this week either, which will leave producers in a tough spot heading into May.

Forecasts call for another 1-3 in. of rain across much of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio over the next five days, while much of Iowa and southern Minnesota are expected to see an inch or more.

Temperatures are expected to warm across the heart of the Corn Belt later this week, but cold weather is expected to return in the six- to 10-day period.

The eastern Corn Belt is expected to stay wet in the sic- to 10-day period and the National Weather Service eight- to 14-day outlook is cold and wet for nearly the entire Corn Belt.


Editor’s note: Richard Brock, Corn & Soybean Digest's marketing editor, is president of Brock Associates, a farm market advisory firm, and publisher of The Brock Report.

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