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No surprise: A look back shows planting behind 2017 levels

The latest crop progress report shows the number of days suitable for field work is down from the 2017 levels.

The latest crop progress report didn't include many surprises for producers in the Midwest. The report shows corn planting down 10% from the 2017 levels and the corn emerging report wasn't included in this week's report. Many farmers in the Midwest won't be surprised at the planting report because of the days suitable for field work last week. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, there was less than one day suitable for field work. In other states like Illinois and Indiana, there was less than three days suitable. That's way down from the almost five days suitable in 2017. In Iowa, there was one and half days suitable down from the 2.9 last year. In Ohio, there was 1.4 days suitable compared to 4.2 in 2017 and 2.5 in Pennsylvania, down from 4.0 the year before. 


A look back at the 2017 report shows corn was emerging this week last year. Survey results show 5% of this year's corn has been planted, that is down from 15% in 2017. The four year average is usually around the 14% market. Three states leading the planting report include Texas with 65%; North Carolina has 48% planted and Tennessee has 30% completed. 

The crop progress report shows 2% of the soybeans have been planted. That is down from the 2017 level of 5% at this time. The four year average of soybean planting is 2% so producers are not too far behind yet.

The states leading the soybean planting report are Mississippi with 30%; Louisiana with 26% and Arkansas with 21% completed.

Next week, the crop progress report will include the corn emerging report. 

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