According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report released May 16, corn is 63 percent planted in the top 18 producing states, compared with a five-year average of 75 percent. This is an increase of 23 percentage points from last week’s report.

All but three states lag behind last year's national average pace of 87 percent. Illinois and Michigan saw the biggest jump in corn planting from last week’s pace with a 35 and 33 percentage point increase respectively. Colorado (75 percent), Iowa (92 percent), Kansas (84 percent), Missouri (79 percent), Nebraska (84 percent), North Carolina (98 percent) and Texas (93 percent) reported higher percentages of planted corn than the national five-year average.

Kansas was the only state to report a higher percentage of planted corn when compare to its pace in 2010.

Nationally 21 percent of the corn has emerged in 16 of the top 18 states, which is 14 percentage points higher than last week and 18 percentage points below the five-year average. North Dakota and Wisconsin report no emerged corn.

North Carolina (90 percent) and Texas (70 percent) reported the higher percentage of emerged corn. Kansas (43 percent) and North Carolina saw percentages of emerged corn that matched their state’s five-year average.

Five states – Kansas, Missouri (50 percent), North Carolina, Tennessee (43 percent) and Texas – reported a higher percentage of emerged corn than the national five-year average.

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