According to the USDA's latest Crop Progress report, corn planting is quickly progressing, advancing to 30% completion as of April 24.
The 2016 pace is nearly double that of last year's report of 16%.
Looking at state-specific progress:
- Minnesota made the most progress from last week as farmers rushed to plant between rainstorms. Currently 45% of corn in Minnesota has been planted, compared to 13% last week and the five-year average of 11%.
- Other states to make impressive progress over the last week include Iowa (40%), Kentucky (50%), North Carolina (27%) and Tennessee (30%).
- Rain slowed planting progress in Michigan (3%), South Dakota (6%) and Texas (52%). Each of these states advanced by less than 5 percentage points from the previous week.
The report also showed corn has started to emerge across nine of the top 18 corn-producing states, including Illinois (4%), Kansas (22%), Kentucky (8%), Minnesota (1%), Missouri (24%), Nebraska (1%), North Carolina (34%), Tennessee (15%) and Texas (43%).
Nationally, 5% of corn has emerged.
Soybean planting begins
Currently 3% of the nation's soybeans have been planted, compared to 2% last year and the five-year average of 2%.
Twelve of the top 18 soybean-producing states have at least 1% of soybeans in the ground. Of those 12, nine are at or ahead of their pace from last year: Arkansas (17%), Illinois (2%), Indiana (2%), Iowa (3%), Kentucky (3%), Minnesota (2%), Missouri (5%), North Carolina (1%), Tennessee (2%) and Wisconsin (1%).
See Figure 1 below for a look at all 18 states and how the state's progress compares with last year's report. Click to enlarge.