CORN FARMERS MAKE PLANTING GAINS BUT PROGRESS REMAINS SLOW

APRIL 2015

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(Posted Mon. Apr 27th, 2015)

U.S. corn farmers made significant planting progress this week according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 19 percent of total corn acres planted by April 26, growers progress increased by 10 points over the week but still fell further behind the five-year average.

 

“While farmers are planting during any windows that they see open, the weather continues to hinder overall progress,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “It is important to keep in mind that early progress is not a concrete indicator of what we will find at harvest though. Last year, corn planting started off even more 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 lagged the five-year average by six points this week, up two points from one week prior. Planting lagged 43 points behind the five-year average in Tennessee, the widest margin seen this week, with more than 20-point lags in Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky also.

 

This week also marked the first report on corn emergence issued by USDA for this crop year. As of April 26, only two percent of total corn acres had emerged. This sits one point behind 2015 progress at this time and four points behind the five-year average.

 

To view the full report released today, click here.