Thirteen percent of the corn in the top 18 producing states has been planted according to the USDA’s Crop Progress report released May 2. Although it is a four-percent improvement from last week, nationally the 2011 corn planting is 27 percent behind the five-year average and 53 percent behind 2010’s progress.

North Carolina (88 percent) and Texas (79 percent) continue to lead the states in planting.  Colorado (18 percent), Kansas (41 percent), Kentucky (17 percent), Missouri (32 percent), Nebraska (15 percent) and Tennessee (38 percent) reported percentages above the national average. Nine states fall below the national average of 13 percent. North Dakota is the only state to have yet to begin planting. More than half of the reporting states indicated less than 1 percent improvement from last week’s report. Planting is more than 70 percent behind last year’s pace in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

Corn has emerged in five percent of the states, which is four percent behind the five-year average and 13 percent behind 2010’s pace. North Carolina (59 percent) and Texas (57 percent) reported the highest percentages of emerged corn.  North Carolina is the only state to report a higher percentage of corn emerged than both its state’s 2010 report and five-year average. Of the nine states reporting emerged corn, just three – Illinois (3 percent), Nebraska (1 percent) and Ohio (1 percent) – fell below the national average.