Yesterday's USDA Crop Progress Report revealed that 3% of intended corn acres have been planted, which compares to 2% last year at this time and on average. Leading the way is Texas with 48% planted (53% last year), followed by Tennessee at 15% (4% last year), North Carolina at 10% (0% last year), Missouri at 7% (3% last year), Illinois and Kentucky both at 5% (0% last year for both), Michigan at 2% (0% last year), and Indiana and Nebraska at 1% planted (0% last year for both).
Illinois state statisticians say due to warmer-than-usual conditions, soil temperatures are warm enough for planting and the majority of farmers have completed their pre-planting fieldwork. But they note most are waiting on the "go date" for their area to arrive but many have at least some corn in the ground.
In Iowa, statisticians report above-normal temperatures have left farmers eager to plant their crop for the upcoming crop year. "Warm conditions have most farmers believing we are in the month of May instead of April. Some farmers have been spotted planting corn fields although the earliest allowable planting date in Iowa for full crop insurance coverage is April 11," states the report. "Throughout the state, most field work has involved anhydrous and dry fertilizer application. Manure hauling and some tillage are starting to take place."
In Nebraska, state reporters say the first fields of corn have been planted, but most producers were holding off to limit chances of freeze damage.