Corn planting progress is slowly catching up to last year’s outstanding pace, with 86 percent of corn planted in the top 18 producing states, compared to 97 percent in 2010. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress Report, released May 31, indicates an improvement of seven percentage points from last week’s report but nine percentage points behind the five-year average.

Iowa (99 percent), Kansas (97 percent), Nebraska (97 percent) North Carolina (100 percent), and Texas (98 percent) reported the higher percentages of planted corn.  Wet conditions continue to slow progress in Ohio, where 19 percent of the corn has been planted.  Other states struggling against Mother Nature include Indiana (59 percent), Michigan (67 percent) and Pennsylvania (61 percent).

The USDA reports that 66 percent of the corn has emerged, compared to the five-year average of 78 percent. It is also an improvement of 21 percentage points from last week.  Iowa (90 percent), Missouri (86 percent), North Carolina (96 percent), Tennessee (82 percent) and Texas (88 percent) reported the five highest percentages of emerged corn. Minnesota (54 percent) saw the great improvement from last week’s report.

Ninety-four percent of the corn is reported in fair to excellent condition, compared to 96 reported in the same conditions last year. Kentucky (18 percent) and Illinois (17 percent) reported the higher percentages of crops in excellent condition. Despite being 98 percent completed with corn planting, Texas crops were in the worst condition of all the states, with 31 percent reported in poor to very poor conditions. Ohio’s corn planting may be far behind the national average; however, 81 percent of its corn was reported in fair to excellent condition.

Corn planting inches closer to 90 percent

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