A wet weather pattern slowed both corn and soybean planting over the last week, but both corn and soybean planting progress remains ahead of the five-year average.

According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 85 percent of the nation’s corn has been planted, compared to 75 percent last week, 71 percent last year and the five-year average of 75 percent.

Minnesota continued its trend from last week, once again reporting the highest percentage of planted corn at 97 percent. Minnesota is also the furthest ahead of its five-year average, now 27 percentage points ahead of average. Producers made impressive progress in what weather windows they had, as the Minnesota Crop Progress detailed in a report here.

“Precipitation across Minnesota limited farmers to only 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 17, 2015,” the report said. “Despite being the least amount of days suitable for fieldwork since the season began, progress remained ahead of the normal pace.”

Not all states were able to escape the wrath of Mother Nature. Colorado (59 percent) and Texas (75 percent) are states reporting the furthest behind their state’s individual five-year average. In both states, wet conditions kept many farmers out of their fields.

Overall, however, the top 18 corn-producing states reported an average progress of 12 percentage points from last week’s report:

State

Last Year

Last Week

This Week

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent)

Colorado

80

37

59

76

Illinois

83

88

94

82

Indiana

70

52

74

68

Iowa

82

83

92

84

Kansas

84

66

78

82

Kentucky

73

64

85

73

Michigan

28

61

75

59

Minnesota

50

95

97

70

Missouri

91

77

82

82

Nebraska

89

76

85

87

North Carolina

95

88

93

97

North Dakota

15

64

70

48

Ohio

49

55

77

59

Pennsylvania

48

44

72

57

South Dakota

70

76

83

66

Tennessee

92

84

93

86

Texas

91

71

75

91

Wisconsin

34

69

85

53

As corn planting has slowed, emerged corn is taking off. More than half of the nation’s corn has emerged, compared to 32 percent last year and the five-year average of 40 percent. All states have reported at least 12 percent of corn now emerged.

Soybeans:  Planting nears halfway point
The wetter weather pattern also slowed soybeans planting across the top 18 soybean-producing states with 45 percent of soybeans now in the ground. While the progress may be slower than desired, it is still 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Overall, farmers in most states are using what breaks in the weather they have to plant soybeans. Once again, Minnesota (79 percent) has one of the highest percentages of planted soybeans and is 46 percentage points ahead of the state’s five-year average.

Other states, such as Kansas (17 percent) and Nebraska (41 percent), are falling further behind. Compared to 2014, these states are 13 percentage points and 20 percentage points behind respectively:

State

Last Year

Last Week

This Week

2010-2014 Average

 

(Percent)

Arkansas

48

46

53

48

Illinois

35

33

47

36

Indiana

32

17

36

38

Iowa

37

30

51

45

Kansas

30

11

17

31

Kentucky

13

9

25

21

Louisiana

86

65

79

73

Michigan

14

32

50

32

Minnesota

14

70

79

33

Mississippi

70

70

79

69

Missouri

30

12

16

27

Nebraska

61

25

41

51

North Carolina

29

12

26

24

North Dakota

4

24

32

21

Ohio

19

23

46

33

South Dakota

29

31

42

24

Tennessee

22

20

37

22

Wisconsin

7

25

50

20

Currently 13 percent of soybeans have emerged, compared to 8 percent last year and the five-year average of 12 percent.

Click here for the full Crop Progress report.