Great planting progress seen in warmer weather


Farmers in the top corn states made good planting progress last week in several key areas, including the eastern Corn Belt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its weekly crop report. Ohio planted 39 percent of its corn acres last week, and 13 of the top 18 states are 90 percent or more planted. The crop is now 94 percent planted nationwide, only 4 points below average.

According to NCGA estimates, more than 6.5 million acres of corn were planted last week, with about 5.5 million left to plant, based on the USDA’s acreage expectations from March. Of this remaining acreage, 1.5 million are in Ohio and another 1 million are in Indiana.

The USDA also reported that 79 percent of the corn crop has emerged, compared to a five-year average of 90 percent. Corn crop condition is slightly better than reported last week, with 27 percent fair, 55 percent good and 12 percent excellent. Only 6 percent of the crop is reported as poor or very poor.

Click here for the whole crop progress report. On Thursday, the USDA will provide its monthly look at corn supply and demand.

Source: NCGA