Big Jump in US Corn Planting Progress

Following a temporary slowdown caused by cold and snow, US farmers returned to the fields with a vengeance this past week.

According to Monday’s weekly USDA crop progress report, nationwide corn planting reached 46% complete as of Sunday, up 29 points on the week. That tops the five-year average of 36% done and also beat pre-report trade expectations of 36-38% complete. Last year at this time, 48% of the American crop was already in the ground.

In the largest production state of Iowa, planting jumped an incredible 49 points on the week to 69% complete, behind 72% last year but far ahead of 45% on average. Illinois reached 54% done, up from 23% the previous week and ahead of last year and the average at 53% and 49%, respectively. The Indiana crop was 32% planted as of Sunday, versus 14% a week earlier, 31% last year and 27% on average.

Michigan planting gained 24 points on the week to 29% complete, compared to 10% last year and 7% on average. The Ohio crop was 22% planted, up from 8% the previous week and 4 points ahead of average. North Dakota planting was 14% done as of Sunday, a gain of 11 points on the week and 6 points ahead of the state average.

But despite rapid planting this past week, emergence has not yet caught up. An estimated 8% of US corn crop had emerged as Sunday, up a relatively modest 5 points from the previous week and a single point behind the average. Last year, 7% of the corn crop had emerged by this time.

At 14%, emergence in Illinois was 1 point ahead of average, while Indiana was 3 points ahead at 8% emerged. On the other hand, just 2% of the Iowa crop was up, compared to 4% on average.

The Ohio crop was 4% emerged, ahead of 2% on average, and Michigan was 2% emerged, versus 0% on average. No crop was yet reported emerged in North Dakota.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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