In 2012 it was those who got rain vs. those who didn't. That's why the average Indiana corn yield deviated the most from trend yield since the 1960s. Still, some people in isolated spots raised more than 200 bushels per acre.
This year it looks like it might be another 'have and have not' situation. Only this time it's about who got corn planted on time and who didn't. The rains over the weekend ending on Sunday, May 5, drew a line from slightly north of Indianapolis east and west across the state. From there north, corn planting progress picked up because many areas received only showers out of that storm system. But from that line south, for the most part, corn planting progress stood still. Rain of nearly an inch over a day and a half made already wet soils wetter, and delayed planting yet again.
Farmers with 24-row planters can plant 300 acres or more in a day, not running 24 hours a day. So those who got in the field in Clinton, Benton and Allen Counties and other places planted a lot of corn while the sun shined.
Actually, it may not have shined, but at least their soils remained dry. What's prominent now is the split of two halves in corn planting progress. The next two weeks, including this one, may determine if southern Indiana and even central Indiana farmers get a chance to catch up.
The split isn't just confined to Indiana. Illinois farmers are facing the same dilemma. From Decatur, Ill., south and west, as of early last week there was virtually no corn planted, and soils were still wet. In certain areas there was even water standing. Farmers around Decatur, Ill., pride themselves on usually being some of the first farmers to finish planting corn – not this year!