In their April 22 Crop Progress Report, USDA noted farmers throughout most of the Corn Belt are in the field, at least prepping fields, if not planting. However, not much progress was made last week and total progress inched up just three percentage points. Many upper midwestern states like South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota show no corn being planted. But, in the southern states, planting is well underway.
Texas farmers have 59% of their corn crop planted, which is slightly behind 2018, but the same as the five-year average. Farmers in North Carolina have 28% of the crop planted, behind both the five-year average of 50% and last year’s progress of 48%. At 17%, Kentucky farmers are ahead of their 2018 progress of 9% but slightly behind their five-year average of 18%.
Many states should be planting that aren’t, according to five-year averages. Those states include Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Pennsylvania.
To use the map below, hover over each state to see how much they’ve planted.