(Posted Tue. May 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress

May 28: Farmers continued to make up for early spring planting delays last week, bringing corn planting progress within four points of the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of May 26, 86 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted two weeks prior. While progress lagged behind the five-year average by nine points last week, it now lags only four points behind the 90 percent five-year average for this point in the season. “Farmers again demonstrated that, by working tirelessly and using new technology that allows us to cover more ground in less time, we can accomplish an incredible amount given the smallest planting window,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Iowa. “Now, we have planted more than half of the corn acres in the country in only two weeks. America’s farmers are working hard to grow the food, feed, fuel and fiber that our country, and...