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Planting moves right along

Farmers have caught up in the areas where they fell behind due to cold and wet weather.

Overall, the nation is meeting the national four year average for corn planting.

According to the USDA Crop progress report, 84% of the corn grown in the 18 states that planted 92% of the 2016 corn acreage, has been planted. The national average for the years 2012-2016 is 85%.

Corn planting

Iowa and Minnesota pulled ahead due to better weather last week. In Minnesota, farmers now have 94% of their corn in the ground compared to the average of 86%.  Meanwhile, in Iowa, producers were able to get 92% completed compared to the average of 90%.

Many Midwest states saw double-digit percentage increases in corn planting last week: Colorado up 16% to 69%,  Illinois up 14% to 89% planting completed, Indiana up 20% to 76%, Wisconsin up 17% to 65% finished, Michigan up 37% to 67%, Nebraska up 9% to 87% done and South Dakota up 11% to 88% done.


Corn emergence

Corn is finally starting to emerge from the soil. According to the crop progress report, 54% of the corn planted has emerged compared to the 55% national average.

Minnesota sticks out of the pack with 59% of the corn planted having emerged. That’s 6% ahead of the four-year average for the state. Missouri farmers are also reporting their corn is ahead. The report states 79% has emerged compared to the average of 74%.

Other states reporting they are ahead included North Dakota with 38% (31% average), South Dakota with 47% (43% average), and Tennessee with 83% (81%).

Illinois producers reported being slightly behind with only 67% emerged compared to  the average of 69%.  Iowa farmers are also behind with only 45% emerged compared to 52% average.


Soybeans planted

Farmers say over half of the soybeans have been planted this spring. The crop progress report states that the 18 states that planted 95% of the 2016 soybean acreage have 53% of the crop planted. That’s slightly above the national average of 52%.

Iowa and Minnesota led the pack in soybean planting. In Minnesota, producers have 72% of the crop in the ground. That’s 10% higher than the average of 62%. Meanwhile in Iowa, farmers have 62% completed compared to the state average of 60%.

In Illinois, farmers are slightly behind. According to the report, they have 48% completed compared to the average of 52% and Indiana is also behind by three points.

Other states such as Wisconsin are noticeably behind with only 29% completed compared to the average of 43%. Nebraska is behind with only 52% (61% average) finished and Ohio with 43% complete (47% average).


Soybeans emerged

The crop progress report shows soybean emergence is slightly behind. Producers reported 19% of their crops have emerged compared to the national average of 21%.

Although Minnesota and Iowa have made big gains in planting in the past week, it doesn’t apply to soybeans emerging. In Minnesota, 16% of the soybean crop planted has emerged compared to the four year average of 20% and in Iowa, 15% has emerged compared to the 17% average.

Other states such as Wisconsin are also behind. Producers say three percent of their crop has emerged compared to the average of 10%. In Illinois, only 18% has emerged compared to the average of 23% and in Indiana only 16% has emerged compared to 24% average.



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