Corn planting progress smashes '15 pace

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.

For more from Crop Progress, check out AgWeb's corn planting and soybean planting maps.