According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 9 percent of the country’s corn has been planted, compared to 6 percent last year and the five-year average of 13 percent.

Of the top 18 corn-producing states, all but two – North Dakota and Pennsylvania – are reporting at least 1 percent of corn in the ground. On average, the states reporting planted corn saw increases of roughly 4.5 percent over last week’s report.

Thanks to a break in the weather, the states showing the biggest jump from last week’s report include Illinois (15 percent), Minnesota (12 percent), and North Carolina (40 percent). Four states – Iowa (7 percent), Kansas (23 percent), Minnesota, and South Dakota (5 percent) – are progressing at or ahead of their state’s individual five-year average.

For more information regarding individual and state progress, see chart 1 (below):

Chart 1: Corn planting progress, reported April 20, 2015

State

Last Year

This Week

2010-2014 Average

 

(percent)

Colorado

2

1

4

Illinois

4

15

21

Indiana

1

1

13

Iowa

2

7

7

Kansas

20

23

19

Kentucky

9

2

29

Michigan

0

1

4

Minnesota

0

12

6

Missouri

24

8

30

Nebraska

4

4

5

North Carolina

40

40

54

North Dakota

0

0

2

Ohio

0

1

7

Pennsylvania

0

0

4

South Dakota

1

5

2

Tennessee

17

6

43

Texas

60

51

59

Wisconsin

0

1

2

Click here to read more from the USDA.

Note: The USDA will being reporting soybean planting progress in next week’s report.