How quickly can U.S. farmers plant the annual corn crop? In as little as two weeks in some cases, say Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural economists.
They report that the “prospects for completing planting of the 2018 corn crop in a timely fashion depend on four factors: 1) the percentage of the crop already planted; 2) the beginning date for a significant late planting penalty for corn yields; 3) the number of days suitable for fieldwork needed to plant the corn crop; and 4) the total number of days suitable for planting expected before the beginning date of a significant late planting yield penalty.”
We decided to check on farmers’ planting progress to date, via the Farm Journal Pulse survey. We asked, “How does this year’s corn planting pace compare to your five-year average?”
Nine hundred and fifty-eight farmers texted us their response. As of yesterday, 60% reported that they are somewhat to significantly behind their five-year average.
Nearly a quarter (24%) said they’re on track, while 15% shared that they are somewhat to significantly ahead. Check out the map to see where this survey's farmer participants are based.