Planting progress behind


Wet weather has caused fieldwork to come to a standstill in the top corn-producing states east of the Mississippi River last week, pushing overall plantings below the average pace.

USDA put corn plantings at 13 percent complete as of Sunday, off last year’s record pace of 66 percent complete and the five-year average of 40 percent.  No progress was reported in Illinois, Indiana or Ohio.

For the second week in a row, cool temperatures, moist conditions, and heavy rains have kept seeding and other field activities on hold. In Indiana, record rainfall was reported for the month of April.

Ag Meteorologist Brad Rippey says we are in “big trouble” this year with only 13 percent of the corn planted nationally by May 1, compared to an average of 40 percent corn planted in the past. Rippey says in some places hardly any planting has been done (check out Rippey Corn sound bite below) and only 5 percent of the corn has emerged nationally, compared to last year’s 18 percent.

Rippey says spring wheat planting is lagging behind too (check out Rippey Wheat sound bite below). For spring wheat that’s in the ground, Minnesota has 3 percent in, compared to average of 41 percent, Montana has 7 percent compared to an average of 46 percent, North Dakota has 1 percent planted compared to 32 percent average and South Dakota has 22 percent planted compared to an average of 68 percent.

Rippey Corn

Rippey Wheat

Soundbite source: USDA Radio Newsline