FARMERS KEEP PLANTING, FIGHT WET CONDITIONS

JUNE 2013

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(Posted Mon. Jun 3rd, 2013)

Jun. 3: Farmers continued to make planting progress this week despite wet conditions across much of the country, holding last week’s gains on corn planting progress to maintain progress only four points behind the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of June 2, 91 percent of the corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted three weeks prior.

“Growers continued their efforts to get the crop in the ground despite challenging conditions that made many areas too wet for planting,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Iowa. “With progress nearing normal, farmers are giving corn planting one last, hard push to the finish line. For farmers who have acres left to plant and those who have already finished, the most important factor that will determine the success of this crop is whether the weather will provide timely rains, sunshine and temperatures conducive to corn growth.”

Farmers made progress in all states with unplanted acres, with Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and South Dakota now outpacing the five-year average. In other areas, unfavorable conditions persisted and impeded planting significantly. Planting progress in Wisconsin now lags the five-year average by 20 points while both Iowa and Minnesota have now fallen 11 points behind the five-year average.

Corn emergence made rapid progress across the country, with overall emergence shown on 74 percent of the total corn acres in the top 18 corn-producing states by June 2. The lags behind the five-year average of 82 percent emerged at this point, but it even further narrows the gap to only 8 points versus 13 points just a week prior.

The report included USDA’s first assessment of the corn crop condition for this year. At this point, 93 percent of all corn acres are forecast to be in fair to excellent condition with only 7 percent rated in poor or very poor condition. Last year, only 5 percent of the crop was estimated to be in poor or very poor condition at this time, but this number increased as the drought worsened throughout the summer.

To view the full report released today, click here.