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May 11, 2015 Crop Progress: Corn and soybean planting well ahead of average pace

Farmers across the U.S. were busy in the field this past week, jumping 20 points on the planting progress scale for corn, hitting a total of 75% planted overall. Those planting soybeans made huge progress, too, with nearly one-third of the overall crop in the ground by May 10.

Jen Koukol

May 11, 2015

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Corn

corn-planted-may-10-2015.pngAverage corn planting pace for this day is 57%. Farmers across the U.S. have reached 75% planted overall, and most states have well over half the crop in the ground, except for Colorado (37% planted) and Pennsylvania (44% planted). Last year at this time, just over half of the overall crop was in the ground. Farmers in Ohio made great headway with planting, going from 15% of the corn planted last week, to 55% of the crop in the ground this week.

Because many farmers were able to get into the field on time, there's already a significant portion of the overall crop emerging. Twenty-nine percent of the overall corn crop has popped through the soil, compared to a five-year average of 24%. And all states are seeing some corn emerge, including Wisconsin, North Dakota, North Carolina and Michigan, where no corn had emerged as of last week's report.

Soybeans

soybeans-planted-may-10-2015.pngSoybean planting is ahead of average pace, as well, with 31% of the overall crop planted compared to a five-year average of 20%. Last week at this time, only 13% had been planted, and last year at this time, only 18% of the overall soybean crop was in the ground. Farmers in Minnesota made the biggest soybean planting leap, going from 32% planted last week, to a whopping 70% planted this week!

About the Author(s)

Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

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