(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)
May 14: In its weekly crop progress report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 87 percent of the nation’s corn is now planted. Based on the prospective plantings report of 95.9 million acres total, this means that 83.4 million acres planted, the National Corn Growers Association said, with all states currently ahead of their five-year average for planting.
“It’s been a great spring for planting, and our farmers are excited about the potential of the 2012 crop,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, a corn grower near Auburn, Ill. “We’re especially happy to see the breadth of this planting progress against the entire corn-growing region and what this means for a successful harvest in the fall.”
With regard to the states surpassing their 2007-2011 average, North Dakota and Indiana are the farthest ahead of trend, at 42 and 40 points ahead, respectively. Wisconsin and Michigan are the closet to their five-year trends, up 4 and 6 points, respectively.
Further, of the top 10 producing states from 2011, all now have planting at more than 90 percent complete, except for Minnesota (No. 4 in 2011 production), at 88 percent planted; South Dakota (No. 6), at 79 percent; Wisconsin (No. 7), at 57 percent; and Ohio (No. 8), at 84 percent. Of the top 10 producing states, Illinois is the nearest to completion, at 95 percent planted.
Of the 2012 crop, the USDA also reported that 56 percent has emerged, compared to 16 percent in 2011 and a five-year average of 28 percent. Next Monday, May 21, USDA will release its first weekly estimate of corn crop condition.