(Posted Mon. Apr 13th, 2015)
Corn planting is off to a slow start again in 2015 according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 12, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by three percentage points and one percentage point behind of where it sat at this time in 2014.
“Corn planting has seen a slow, wet start in many places this year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “But, it is important to keep in mind that last year planting season started off slowly, and we harvest a record corn crop in the fall. Farmers realize that the planting season has only just begun, and a long growing season, which may present opportunities and obstacles, still lies ahead.”
Progress surpassed the five-year average in only one of the top 18 corn-producing states, Kansas, which exceeded average planting progress by six percentage points. Southern states which would have normally seen the most progress by this point continue to lag with Texas, Missouri and Tennessee 8, 11 and 18 points behind the five-year average respectively.
To view the full report released today, click here.