The finish line is in sight as the nation’s farmers race to plant corn before the next round of stormy weather strikes.
According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 86% of corn was planted as of May 22, compared to 90% last year and the five-year average of 85%.
Looking at individual state progress, 11 of the top 18 corn-producing states are at or ahead of their 2015 pace. States to fall behind last year's progress are primarily located in the Eastern Corn Belt and report corn planting process between 7 and 33 percentage points below last year’s report:
Nearly two-thirds of corn in the country has emerged, compared to 43% last week. Though this pace is ahead of the five-year average, it is 6 percentage points behind last year’s report.
Individually, all but six states are at least 1 percentage point behind the 2016 progress:
Just over half of soybeans have been planted, on-par with last year’s progress and 4 percentage points above the five-year average. While progress is being made on a national pace, five of the nation’s top soybean-producing states in particular are falling behind when compared to the 2015 pace:
Soybeans have also begun to emerge. Currently 22% of soybeans have emerged, compared to 27% last year and the five-year average of 21%.