MAP: Plenty of Catching Up Ahead for Illinois Corn Growers

When it comes to corn planting, farmers in Illinois have a lot of catching up to do.

According to analysis Wednesday from the American Farm Bureau, farmers in the second largest corn production state after Iowa still have almost 10 million more acres to plant this spring, with only about 11% of the intended acres in the ground as of Sunday. As shown on the map below, Illinois producers are followed by followed by farmers in Iowa and Minnesota, who have 7.1 million and 6.3 million acres still to seed, respectively.

With plantings following the typical northern migration through the Midwest, much of the southern corn acres has been planted, with Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina 100% planted. “However, with most of the devastating weather conditions affecting the northern regions of the Corn Belt, states such as Illinois, Ohio and South Dakota are just getting started,” the analysis said.

This week’s USDA crop progress report showed the U.S. corn crop at 30% planted as of Sunday, down 36 percentage points from the five-year average of 66% complete and the slowest since 2013.

Meanwhile, weather forecasts point to the potential for continued slow progress. Some weather models show dryness this week, which should allow for planting when the soils dry out. However, rains are expected to return again later in the weekend/beginning of next week.

Corn acres still to plant

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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