Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace.

According to the USDA latest Crop Progress report, 12 of the top corn-growing states have reported at least 1 percent of planted corn. With few exceptions, most are ahead of last year’s corn planting pace.

Here’s a break-down on how the states most ahead – and behind – when compared to last year’s report and the five-year average:

  • Tennessee and Kentucky are the furthest behind their five-year averages. Tennessee (19 percent) and Kentucky (10 percent) are 20 and 25 percentage points below this average, respectively,
  • Kansas (21 percent) was the only state ahead of its five-year average.
  • North Carolina (43 percent) is the furthest behind its 2013 pace, but a break in the weather also helped farmers make the most progress from last week’s report. The state jumped ahead by 23 percentage points from last week's corn planting report. 
  • Neighboring states Kansas and Missouri (26 percent) are the most ahead of their 2013 progress.

Just six states – Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – have yet to report any corn planting progress. Click here for the full Crop Progress report.

While farmers may be off to a slow start thus far in planting corn, keep an eye out for next week’s report.

Planalytics forecasts a dramatic warm-up across much of the U.S. and Canada over the next week, which could pave way the way for more substantial planting progress in next week’s report. In particular, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee is expected to show a dramatic increase in corn planting. Read more from Planalytics.