(Posted Mon. Apr 20th, 2015)
Corn planting progress continues to lag according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With nine percent of total corn acres planted by April 19, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by four percentage points.
“Planting continues to progress slowly due to wet, cool conditions this year,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “But, it is important to keep in mind that the season has only begun in many parts of the country. Last year, corn planting started off slowly, and we harvested a record corn crop in the fall. Many opportunities and obstacles still lies ahead as a long growing season has only just entered growers’ horizons.”
Progress surpassed the five-year average in four of the top 18 corn-producing states, with Minnesota surpassing the average planting progress by the largest margin at six percentage points. States in the lower portion of the Corn Belt and south, which would have normally seen the most progress by this point, continue to lag. Corn planting progress in Tennessee remains the furthest behind the average with 37 points fewer acres planted than average. Progress in Kentucky and Missouri also lags more than 20 point behind the five-year average at this point.
To view the full report released today, click here.