According to the USDA’s Crop Progress report released June 6, Corn planting is now 94 percent complete in the top 18 producing states, compared to 86 last week and 99 last year.

Colorado (98 percent), Illinois (98 percent), Iowa (99 percent), Kansas (100 percent), Missouri (98 percent), Nebraska (99 percent), North Carolina (100 percent), Tennessee (99 percent) and Texas (99 percent) reported the highest percentages of planted corn. Overall, thirteen states reported at least 90 percent of corn in the ground.

Ohio remains in the spotlight as just 58 percent of its corn is in the ground as of June 5. This is triple last week’s report of 18 percent but 36 percentage points behind the 2011 national pace. It is also 39 percentage points below Ohio’s pace from last year.

Other states struggling with corn planting include Indiana (82 percent), Michigan (82 percent), North Dakota (87 percent) and Pennsylvania (80 percent).

Nationally 79 percent of corn has emerged, compared to the five-year average of 90 percent. It is also an improvement of 13 percentage points from the May 31 report. Iowa (96 percent), Kansas (91 percent), North Carolina (97 percent), Tennessee (91 percent) and Texas (93 percent) reported the highest percentages of emerged corn. South Dakota (73 percent) reported the greatest improvement from last week’s report.

Crop conditions improved by four percentage points from last week’s report, as 67 percent of crops are reported in good to excellent condition, compared to 63 percent last week and 76 percent reported last year. Iowa and Tennessee reported 21 and 19 percent of their crops in excellent conditions respectively – the best conditions reported nationally. Texas once again reported crops in the worst condition of the states, with 36 percent reported in poor to very poor condition.

Ohio corn planting may be significantly behind the national average; however, 86 percent of its corn was rated in fair to excellent conditions.

Corn planting races to 94 percent

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