According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, Missouri farmers are speeding through their corn planting this year, advancing to 89%. Compared to last year’s rate of 49% and its five-year average of 42 percent, farmers in Missouri have made tremendous progress so far this planting season.
The progress is especially impressive considering rain slowed down planting in the state last week.
Comparatively, the national average of corn planting progress is 45%.
Not all states shared Missouri’s race to the finish line. Five states – Colorado (19%), Michigan (59%), Nebraska (26%), South Dakota (12%) and Texas (66%) – have fallen behind their individual five-year averages.
Corn has also started to emerge. Across the top 18 corn-producing states in the county, 13% of corn has emerged, compared to 5% last week and 7% last year.
While corn planting is speeding ahead, recent rain has slowed soybean planting considerably. AgWeb reports that southern states in particular are facing excessive rain and flood.
“We can plant soybeans late, but yield potential drops the first week of May,” says Ronnie Levy, Louisiana State University AgCenter soybean specialist.
In Louisiana, just 29% of soybeans have been planted, compared to 19% last week and 36% last year. The state is also 18 percentage points behind its five-year average.
Nationally, the soybean planting season is just beginning with 8% of soybeans planted, 2 percentage points behind last year’s pace but 3 percentage points above the five-year average.