According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 64% of corn has now been planted, compared to 69% last year and the five-year average of 50%.

Though roughly half of the country’s top 18 corn-producing states are ahead of the report from last year, three states – all in the Northern Plains – are significantly behind their 2015 pace:

State

Last Year

This Week

Michigan

52%

18%

Nebraska

71%

53%

South Dakota

69%

39%

The report also showed 27% of the nation’s corn has now emerged, compared to 23% last year and the five-year average of 27%.

Soybean Update
With few exceptions, the majority of states are struggling to get soybeans in the ground. Of the Midwestern states, Iowa (4%), Missouri (13%) and North Dakota (4%) are the only to report higher percentages of soybeans in 2016 than in 2015.

The state to fall farthest behind from last year’s report is Michigan. With just 7% of soybeans planted, it is 18 percentage points behind its pace from 2015 and 5 percentage points below its five-year average.

For more from Crop Progress, see AgWeb’s corn and soybean planting maps.