Corn planting progress appears to have fallen slightly behind the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April16, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average and six percentage points behind the same date in 2016.
Progress surpassed the five-year average in Texas by six percentage points, three points fewer than it did last week. Kansas saw the greatest lags in progress with acres planted totaling nine percentage points lower than the five-year average for the state. The slower pace, in large part, resulted from wet conditions across many of the 18 states that account for 92 percent of the corn acres planted.
To view the full report released today, click here.
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