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Corn Planting Nears 95% Complete

June 7, 2011
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
field of corn
Nearly 80% of the 94% of U.S. corn in the ground has emerged.  

Of the 18 major corn-growing states, 13 have passed the 90% mark in corn planting for the 2011 season. 

Great progress was made during the past week in states that had been significantly behind in planting. For example, as of May 29, Ohio farmers only had 19% of their crop in the ground. As of June 5, 58% has been planted, a 39-percentage-point jump in a mere seven days.
Here are the other states that made huge leaps in corn planting this past week:
State May 29, 2011 June 5, 2011 Percentage Point Increase
Ohio 19 58 39
Indiana 59 82 23
Pennsylvania 61 80 19
Kentucky 75 90 15
Michigan 67 82 15
North Dakota 74 87 13
Overall, U.S. corn planting is at 94%, which is only slightly behind the five-year average of 98% complete by this date.

Slow Soybean Planting

Despite last week’s 17-percentage-point jump in the amount of U.S. soybeans planted, overall soybean planting is way behind the five-year average. Currently, 68% of the U.S. soybean crop is in the ground, which is greatly behind the five-year average of 82%.
Farmers in some states (Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska) have completed 90% or more of their soybean planting. Several others are also on track.
Many of the same states that made huge leaps in corn planting this past week are the ones behind in soybean planting.
Here are the states that are the furthest behind:
State Percent Planted
as of June 5
Five-Year Average
Ohio 26 88
North Dakota 29 89
Michigan 50 85
Indiana 49 77

Other Crop Reports

Cotton planting is right on track with the five-year average. Currently 87% of the U.S. cotton crop is planted, a 14-percentage-point increase from last week.
Four of the six major spring wheat growing states have surpassed 95% planted. Montana and North Dakota are the two states significantly behind in planting. Overall, 79% of the spring wheat crop is in the ground, which compares to a 98% five-year average.
U.S. sorghum planting is only slightly behind the five-year average of 61%. Currently 58% is planted.
Nearly the entire U.S. rice crop is planted. As of this week, 99% is in the ground. Arkansas and California have a combined 5% left to plant.
For More Information
How is your planting season wrapping up? Share your comments and read others in AgWeb’s Crop Comments.



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RELATED TOPICS: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Crops, Other Crops, USDA

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