(Posted Mon. May 12th, 2014)
Corn farmers in most growing states kicked their planters into high gear this past week, planting nearly one-third of the 2014 corn crop in the last seven days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. As of May 11, 59 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 29 percent a week ago. The new number is also one percentage point above the five-year average.
“All it takes is good weather, good equipment and long hours for our farmers to be able to catch up,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Unfortunately, a few key corn states to the north are struggling to catch up, but things are looking good overall for our growers.”
The prime example of a strong planting was Iowa, nearly half the state’s corn acreage was planted last week, with the state going from 23 percent to 70 percent planted. On the other hand, North Dakota remained especially challenged, at 3 percent, with Michigan and Wisconsin following at 20 percent.
Corn emergence also continues to catch up, with 18 percent of the crop now emerged, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent.