According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, nearly 20 percent of the nation’s corn has been planted as of April 26, 2015, compared to 17 percent last year, 9 percent last week, and the five-year average of 25 percent.

In the report, the USDA showed breaks in the weather opened the planting door wide open in Minnesota where farmers advanced their corn planting by 26 percentage points from last week’s report. Overall, however, the majority of states remain below their individual five-year average:

State

Last Year

Last Week

Current

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent)

Colorado

14

1

10

12

Illinois

28

15

31

37

Indiana

7

1

3

26

Iowa

13

7

14

24

Kansas

35

23

32

31

Kentucky

29

2

7

45

Michigan

1

1

4

12

Minnesota

3

12

38

20

Missouri

44

8

20

44

Nebraska

18

4

16

17

North Carolina

58

40

59

75

North Dakota

0

0

9

9

Ohio

3

1

2

20

Pennsylvania

2

0

3

11

South Dakota

10

5

16

9

Tennessee

48

6

17

60

Texas

63

51

56

66

Wisconsin

1

1

5

8

 

The USDA also reported 2 percent of corn has now emerged. Seven states – Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas – have reported at least 1 percent of corn emerged.

Soybeans: Planting begins
For the first soybean planting update of the year, the USDA reported 2 percent of soybeans in the ground, compared to 3 percent last year and the five-year average of 6 percent. Just eight states are reporting soybean planting progress, with all but two states falling behind their individual state’s average:

State

Last Year

Last Week

Current

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent(

Arkansas

15

11

16

20

Illinois

2

0

0

3

Indiana

1

0

0

7

Iowa

0

0

0

1

Kansas

1

1

2

1

Kentucky

1

0

0

4

Louisiana

52

16

25

38

Michigan

0

0

0

2

Minnesota

0

0

1

2

Mississippi

23

32

39

34

Missouri

0

0

0

2

Nebraska

5

0

0

2

North Carolina

0

0

1

3

North Dakota

0

0

1

1

Ohio

1

0

0

5

South Dakota

0

0

0

0

Tennessee

2

0

1

3

Wisconsin

0

0

0

0

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