Thanks to a break in the weather, farmers across the Corn Belt were able to skyrocket past the halfway mark for corn planting.

According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 55 percent of the nation’s corn has been planted as of May 3, compared to 19 percent last week and the five-year average of 38 percent.

Individually, Iowa made the largest gains from last week’s report – corn planting advanced by 54 percentage points to reach 68 percent.  It is also 46 percentage points ahead of last year’s pace.

“Conditions were nearly ideal in much of the state last week and as a result farmers were able to make tremendous progress.  As of Sunday, 68 percent of corn and 11 percent of soybeans have been planted, both ahead of the five-year average,” Northey said in a news release.

Iowa wasn’t alone. All states made impressive gains from last week:

State

Last Year

Last Week

This Week

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent)

Colorado

32

10

30

29

Illinois

41

31

69

47

Indiana

18

3

21

35

Iowa

22

14

68

39

Kansas

50

32

52

47

Kentucky

38

7

25

52

Michigan

3

4

30

21

Minnesota

7

38

83

34

Missouri

61

20

61

55

Nebraska

41

16

57

38

North Carolina

73

59

74

87

North Dakota

0

9

50

18

Ohio

8

2

15

30

Pennsylvania

7

3

7

21

South Dakota

23

16

51

23

Tennessee

66

17

51

68

Texas

72

56

70

74

Wisconsin

2

5

42

18

Nine percent of the nation’s corn has now emerged.

Soybeans
The USDA’s report also showed planting progress with soybeans. Currently 13 percent of soybeans have been planted, compared to 5 percent last year and 2 percent last week.

While most states made significant advancement over the last week, seven states – Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio and South Dakota – have fallen behind their state’s individual five-year average:

State

Last Year

Last Week

This Week

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent)

Arkansas

23

16

27

28

Illinois

3

0

12

7

Indiana

3

0

4

13

Iowa

1

0

11

5

Kansas

4

2

6

5

Kentucky

2

0

1

7

Louisiana

67

25

40

51

Michigan

1

0

9

7

Minnesota

0

1

32

7

Mississippi

34

39

52

44

Missouri

3

0

5

5

Nebraska

10

0

12

9

North Carolina

3

1

1

7

North Dakota

0

1

13

2

Ohio

3

0

4

11

South Dakota

1

0

6

2

Tennessee

5

1

4

6

Wisconsin

1

0

4

3

Click here to read the full report.