Farmers are nearly done with planting this year’s corn crop, according to Tuesday’s USDA Crop Progress report, and so far, the crop appears to be off to a comparable start to last year.
Based on USDA data, 72% of corn is considered in “good” to “excellent” condition. That’s similar to 2015, when 64% of the corn crop qualified as “good” to “excellent.”
In terms of planting, farmers are wrapping up corn (94% done) and substantially completed (73% done) with soybeans.
“Corn and beans all up,” a grower from Minnesota’s Lac Qui Parle County posted recently on AgWeb’s Crop Comments. “Still should plant some potholes but sometimes it doesn't pay. Got all the preemerge on. Could use some rain.”
Other areas are struggling with the opposite problem.
“Water, water everywhere,” posted a farmer in Aurora County, S.D. “Some have corn planted, and some still waiting for dry weather. Not hardly any beans in yet, and the alfalfa is loaded with weevils. The pastures are plentiful with good tall grass and big hungry mosquitos with plenty of water everywhere. The weeds are growing well also. (There) will be lots of prevent plant if the rains don't stop soon.”
Many growers are concerned about this summer’s weather, which could bring the end of El Nino and the beginning of La Nina. La Nina typically results in hot, dry weather in the Midwest.
“Northwest Indiana has made huge progress the past ten days,” wrote a grower from Tippecanoe County, Ind. “The rains have held off a couple of days longer than expected in most areas. We're likely close to 100% planted on corn and 80% on soybeans … We're about two weeks later than we would have liked, but overall, we're in pretty good shape. We got in fairly early last year (and) then had to deal with the wettest June in history. I'll take this start most years. I'm far more worried about what July and August has in store for us this summer.”
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