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Relentless Cold, Wet Weather Further Delays Planting

Relentless Cold, Wet Weather Further Delays Planting


Persistent cool, wet conditions continue to delay planting progress across the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only twelve percent of total corn acres planted by May 5, progress lags far behind this time last year, when 69 percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground, and now trails the five-year average by 35 percentage points.


"It is still early in the planting season and slow progress at this point should not cause alarm," said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Iowa. "Modern farming technology has dramatically reduced the time needed for farmers to plant a large number of acres, and this means we can begin planting much later if need be. America's farmers have the work ethic needed to take advantage of the smallest windows of opportunity, even should it mean working through the night, to grow an ample corn supply for our nation and the world."


Progress lagged behind the five-year average in all of the top 18 corn-producing states. The most significant delays have been seen in Minnesota, where planting progress lags 49 percentage points behind the five-year average. Illinois and Iowa have also seen planting delays that put progress more than 40 percentage points behind the five-year average.


To view the full report released today, click here.


While it is important to get the corn crop planted in a timely manner, the planting date alone is not a good indicator of overall corn production and we remain hopeful that we will have a good year.  For example, the 2009 corn crop was one of the latest planted crops in the last 15 years, yet it set an all-time yield record. Conversely, in 2012, while we had one of the all-time earliest planting completions, the drought produced a crop that was significantly below trend-line yields and 4 billion bushels off USDA's original crop estimate.