Soggy fields left much of the Heartland out of the fields for an average of 4 days last week, and with just 2 percent of the nation’s corn currently planted, the 2015 season is off to a slow start.

According to the latest Crop Progress report, corn planting in 17 of the 18 top corn-producing states are currently well-below their individual five-year averages:

 

Week Ending

 

 

State

April 12, 2014

April 12, 2015

2010-2014 Average

Days suitable for fieldwork for week ending April 12, 2015

 

(Percent)

 

Colorado

0

0

1

6.4

Illinois

1

0

9

2.9

Indiana

0

0

4

1.2

Iowa

0

0

1

2.7

Kentucky

3

0

15

1.8

Michigan

0

-

1

1.5

Minnesota

0

0

1

2.5

Missouri

8

4

15

2.3

Nebraska

1

0

1

3.9

North Carolina

17

25

28

5.4

North Dakota

0

0

0

3.5

Ohio

0

1

2

0.2

Pennsylvania

0

0

2

2

South Dakota

0

0

1

4.5

Tennessee

6

5

23

2.6

Texas

57

46

54

5.9

Wisconsin

0

0

0

2.2

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There is one exception, however – Kansas. The Sunflower State reported corn planting progress at 14 percent, which is nearly double its five-year average of 8 percent.  Western portions of the state were able to make substantial progress last week as storms stayed primarily to the east. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s release on the state, 1 percent of Kansas corn has already emerged.