Corn planting races to 28 percent

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Mississippi State University Extension Farmers took advantage of the break in wet spring weather in a rush to plant crops before the next round of rain.

The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report showed that 28 percent of the nation’s corn has been planted, compared to 12 percent last week. This is lower than the five-year average of 65 percent and significantly behind last year’s speedy pace of 85 percent.

All reporting states made progress from last week -- thanks to a window to dry weather. However, four states in particular are substantially behind their five-year average:


May 12, 2013

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Two states – Nebraska (43 percent) and  Ohio (46 percent) – made the biggest jump in progress this week.

The dry weather is forecast to end later this week, which puts even more pressure on farmers hustling to plant their crops.

"Psychologically, this (week) is a critical one for getting corn planted. Many analysts claim corn seeded after mid-May tends to see lower yields," Karl Setzer, a commodity trading adviser with MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa, told Reuters in an article here.

Nationally, 5 percent of corn has emerged, which is also well behind the five-year average of 28 percent.

Soybean planting is also slow-going with 6 percent of the nation’s soybeans in the ground. Most states have reported progress in corn planting, with the exceptional of Illinois. Illinois has yet to show any soybean planting progress, putting it 19 percentage points behind its five-year average.

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