(Posted Tue. May 27th, 2014)
Corn farmers closed the gap and tied the five-year average for corn acres planted by this point in the season, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 25, 88 percent of the nation’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 73 percent a week ago and 59 percent the week prior. While progress far surpassed the five-year average in many Corn Belt states, 10-plus point planting delays in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania persisted.
“Modern farm technology allowed farmers across the country to spring into action and plant at a pace unimaginable just a few decades ago,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “America’s corn farmers can plant faster, taking better advantage of shorter windows of time, and this definitely benefits America’s economy and consumers in the end. Today, we can produce abundance in the face of adversity. While we do not yet know what the summer may bring, we know that farmers will use the best practices and most innovative tools to ensure a successful crop in 2014.”
The most severe planting delays were seen in Michigan and Wisconsin, which lagged 29, and 23 points behind the five-year average. At the same time, many states’ progress exceeded the five-year average Indiana surpassing that mark by 10 percentage points.
As planting comes closer to an end, corn emergence trails the five-year average by four percentage points. Since last week, this delay decreased by half.