Wet conditions made it difficult for the a number of the nation’s top 18 corn-producing states to kick off the 2015 planting season.

Though the USDA released its first Crop Progress report of the year on Monday, it will not begin reporting on corn planting progress until next week. Individual states, however, did release updates on their state’s crop and livestock conditions, planting progress and other agricultural activities.

Four states in particular have reported some corn planting progress:

Table 1: Corn planting progress reported on April 6, 2015

State

This Week

Last Year

5-year Average

Texas

37%

50%

50%

Kansas

6%

4%

2%

Tennessee

2%

2%

10%

Missouri

1%

2%

6%

Other states provided updates:

  • Iowa: Warm temperatures and mostly dry conditions over much of the State allowed farmers to continue anhydrous applications and tillage activities during the week ending April 5, 2015; however, reports of lingering frost in northern Iowa fields were received. Anhydrous supply issues were reported in areas of Southwest Iowa.
  • Minnesota: Field activities for the week included applying fertilizer, spreading manure, and tilling fields.
  • North Carolina: Field are starting to get dry enough for farmers to do such field activities as planting corn, preparing corn land for planting. There are still areas that are too wet.
  • Illinois: Farmers and ranchers began preparation for planting this past week; activities included fixing equipment, tilling fields, and applying anhydrous ammonia.
  • Indiana: Spring rains and cool temperatures have kept many fields too damp for fieldwork throughout the state during the week ending April 5. Temperatures were slightly above normal, but additional precipitation added to existing soil moisture surpluses did little to bring planting season closer and limited growers to preparations for the planting of the 2015 corn and soybean crop
  • Wisconsin: The unusually warm and dry weather of the past couple of weeks has allowed farmers to spread manure and chop last year’s corn stalks where they remain in fields. Some reporters noted that tillage and oat planting has already begun, while others report that the soil is still thawing in their area.
  • Pennsylvania: A late spring has resulted in ground that is too cold and wet for field activities to begin in earnest. A few reports of manure and fertilizer spreading in addition to some post-winter repairs and maintenance.