Corn has been planted in 40 percent of the top 18 producing states according to the USDA’s Crop Progress report released May 9. This is a 27 percent increase from last week but 40 percent behind last year’s pace.  It is also 19 percent below the five-year average.

North Carolina (95 percent) and Texas (87 percent) continue to lead the states in corn planting. Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska showed the strongest improvement over last week’s report with 33 percent, 61 percent and 42 percent respectively. Ohio (72 percent) and Indiana (76 percent) remain significantly below last year’s pace.  

Seven-percent of the corn has emerged in the reporting states. This is a two-percent improvement from last week but 29 percent lower than last year and 14 percent below the five-year average. North Carolina (82 percent) and Texas (60) reported the higher percentage of emerged corn.  Kentucky is 63 percent behind last year’s pace.

No states showed higher percentages than 2010’s report in either corn planting or emerged corn.