The 2015 corn planted area for all purposes is estimated at 88.9 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. This represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010. Growers expect to harvest 81.1 million acres for grain, down 2 percent from last year. Farmers responding to the survey indicated that 98 percent of the intended corn acreage had been planted at the time of the interview, the same as the 10-year average.

Planted acreage for 2015 is at the same level or down across most of the Corn Belt with the exception of Wisconsin, which increased planted acreage from 2014.

By April 19, producers had planted 9 percent of the Nation's corn crop. This was 3 percentage points ahead of last year but 4 points behind the 5-year average. Improved fieldwork conditions facilitated rapid planting progress, particularly in Illinois and Minnesota, and by April 26 producers had planted 19 percent of the Nation's corn crop. This was 2 percentage points ahead of 2014 but still 6 points behind the 5-year average.

Good fieldwork conditions continued through the beginning of May, with producers planting 55 percent of this year's corn crop by May 3, twenty-seven percentage points ahead of last year and 17 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. The rapid planting progress during this one week period tied the third-highest National weekly planting progress week on record. Planting progress advanced more than 40 percentage points in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota during this week. By May 10, producers had planted 75 percent of the Nation's corn crop, 20 percentage points ahead of 2014 and 18 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. States in the eastern Corn Belt that had previously lagged in planting progress experienced excellent conditions for fieldwork. By May 10, emergence had advanced to 29 percent complete, 13 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 points ahead of the 5-year average.

By May 17, the majority of the Nation's corn crop, 56 percent, had emerged. This was 24 percentage points ahead of 2014 and 16 points ahead of the 5-year average. By May 24, ninety-two percent of the 2015 corn crop was planted, 6 percentage points ahead of 2014 and 4 points ahead of the 5-year average. Nationally, 74 percent of this year's corn crop was emerged by this time, with 74 percent of the corn crop reported in good to excellent condition.

By the end of May, at least 90 percent of the corn had emerged in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Overall, 74 percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition, 2 percentage points below the same time last year.