According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly Crop Progress report, 18 states representing 92 percent of the U.S. corn acreage have 13 percent of corn acres planted.
“The numbers don’t tell the whole story,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman.
“While eastern states are experiencing wet weather, our farmer leaders and state staff from the western Corn Belt report they are making significant progress in getting corn planted. We are optimistic that the ingenuity of our farmers and today’s technological advances give farmers the opportunity to significantly plant more corn in a shorter time frame.”
Planting in the southern portions of the Corn Belt are nearing completion with 88 percent of North Carolina and 79 percent of the Texas crop finished. In the heart of the Corn Belt, Kansas is on track with their 5-year average at 41 percent completed.
While it is important to get the corn crop planted in a timely manner, planting date alone is not a good indicator of overall corn production. For example, the 2009-10 corn crop was one of the latest planted crops in the last 15 years, yet it set an all-time yield record.
Conversely, 1988 had one of the earliest planting completions on record, but abnormally dry weather produced a crop that was almost 25 percent below trend line yields.