Jen Koukol, Digital Editor

May 23, 2011

2 Min Read


Finally it feels like progress is being made when it comes to getting the 2011 corn and soybean crops into the ground. Today’s USDA Crop Progress Report is showing 79% of the corn crop is in, while soybeans are 41% planted.

While wet Ohio still lags far behind the rest of the corn states at only 11% planted, most others are well over half planted, and some are nearing the finishing line. Six states are over 90% finished: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Texas. South Dakota made huge progress over the last week jumping from 44% completed last week to 73% this week. Wisconsin jumped nearly 30 points, too, to 63% complete.

Corn has now emerged in every state. Leading the group is North Carolina with 96% of the corn crop emerged. The northern Corn Belt is still lagging behind, but is making progress emerging from the soil. Ohio’s crop is only 2% emerged, and North Dakota has only 7% popping up. Minnesota’s corn crop made a big jump in emergence in the last seven days going from 1% last week to 23% emerged this week. Iowa’s crop made the biggest jump, going up 41 points to 74% emerged after last week’s 33%.

Soybean planting progress continues and the crop is now 41% planted, 10 points behind the five-year average pace of 51%. Many states made good progress the last seven days getting soybeans in the ground: Illinois had only 16% of the crop in last week and is now nearly half done; Iowa jumped from 47% to 78%; and Nebraska farmers now have 68% of their beans in the ground, compared to last week’s 40%.

Beans have started emerging in all but North Dakota and Wisconsin for an overall average of 12% emerged, compared to a five-year average of 19% and last year’s pace of 22%. Louisiana has seen 79% of its bean crop pop up and Mississippi has 63% of its beans above soil level. A handful of states are less than 10% emerged: Indiana (3%), Kentucky (2%), Michigan (7%), Minnesota (1%), Ohio (1%), South Dakota (1%), Tennessee (1%). 

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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