Corn planting pace turns from record slow to record fast
Drier weather last week gave farmers the opportunity they needed to make up for lost time. After struggling for weeks against the wetter weather, they were able to get 71 percent of the corn in the ground.
This is 43 percentage points higher than last week, making it the biggest single-week gain ever reported by the Crop Progress report. The previous record was set in 2011 with a weekly gain of 28 percent.
According to AgriMoney, America’s farmers were able to plant an area “nearly as big of Florida” in just one week. Many experts had been skeptical that producers could advance so quickly, even with the better weather conditions. Many expected corn planting to reach 40 to 50 percent instead. Read more here.
Despite the quick turn-around, the nation’s corn planting still remains below the five-year average of 79 percent. One year ago, corn planting was nearly finished.
Several states gained ground in corn planting this week, including Iowa (71 percent), Michigan (78 percent) and Minnesota (70 percent).
More emerged corn was also reported this week, jumping from 5 percent last week to 19 percent. All of the top corn-producing states have reported some progress in corn emerging.
For soybeans, the report showed that 24 percent have been planted, which is quadrupled the progress from last week. Three percent of soybeans are now emerged in most states, with the exception of Kentucky, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
The next round of wet weather may slow corn planting again this week, according to Reuters.
"It's going to be slow going. Already the west is seeing 1.0 to 1.5 inches in a widespread area, and that will spread into the eastern Midwest early this week," said John Dee, meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring.
Planting will slow especially in Iowa, one of the largest corn- and soybean-producing states in the nation. Currently 71 percent of corn and 16 percent of soybeans have been planted.
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