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PLANTING PROGRESS

(Posted Mon. May 20th, 2013)

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May 20: Farmers who had delayed planting corn due to cool, wet conditions hit the fields in force last week planting enough acres to bring progress within eight points of the five-year average according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. As of May 19, 71 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 28 percent were planted a week prior. While progress lagged behind the five-year average by 37 points last week, the rapid progress closed the gap to only nine points. “Farmers have the technology and the drive to accomplish more in a week than we could have in three only a few decades ago,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Iowa. “Last week, we knew that we needed a week of drier, warmer weather and, throughout much of the Corn Belt, we got just that. Taking shifts and working together, our nation’s family farmers will get the crop planted and work just as tirelessly through harvest to make sure that we...

(Posted Mon. May 13th, 2013)

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May 13: As persistently cool, wet weather finally began to relent, farmers across the Corn Belt headed into their fields, more than doubling the progress made to his point, according to reports released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of May 12, 28 percent of projected corn acres had been planted, while only 12 percent were planted a week prior. Despite the rapid progress, corn planting still lags behind the five-year average by 37 points. “Farmers are heading into their fields and taking advantage of every possible window to get the corn crop planted,” said National Corn Growers Association Chairman Garry Niemeyer, a grower in Illinois. “Today’s planting equipment can plant four to six times more rows in a single pass than what was common even when I began farming. By taking advantage of every warm day dry enough to get into the fields and using significantly more efficient technology, we will be able to make progress that would not have been possible just a few...

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

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Apr. 15: A cool, wet spring has delayed planting progress across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 14, progress lags far behind this time last year, when 16 percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground and trails the five-year average for this point by a full five percentage points. “Planting is running somewhat behind normal in most areas, but slow progress this early in the season should not be seen as a cause for alarm,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson. “Last year, planting flew by quickly, but the severe drought that plagued much of the country damaged the overall crop. With many areas getting much needed rain, a slight delay at this point could still produce an excellent crop which will be buoyed by the near-record acreage farmers intend to plant to corn.” Progress lagged behind the five-year average in all of the top...