Major planting progress was made in many key corn states during the past week. As of May 22, 79% of the U.S. corn crop is in the ground. This compares to a five-year average of 87% for this point in the season.
Ten of the 18 corn states that planted 92% of the 2010 U.S. corn acreage has passed the 80% planted mark.
Several states are still way behind average. Ohio only has 11% of its corn crop planted, which compares to the normal 74% planted by this time. Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Dakota have just under are under 50% planted this year, normally these states would be around 75% planted by this time.
Overall corn emergence went from around 20% emerged as of May 15 to 45% emerged by May 22. The five-year average for corn emergence by this time is 59%.
Soybean Planting Progress Passes 40%
As of May 22, 41% of the country’s soybeans are in the ground. The five-year average for this time is 51%.
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Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska are all at a normal pace or exceeding the average of beans planted by this time.
Ohio has 4% of the 2011 crop planted, a staggering drop from the five-year average of 54%. North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin are also all well behind their normal planting progress.
Cotton, Sorghum and Rice Planting on Track
As of this week, 57% of the U.S. cotton crop is planted. Normally just over 60% of the crop is planted by this time. Farmers in Arizona, California, Louisiana and Virginia all have more than 90% of their crops in the ground.
See the “Cotton Planting Progress” report.
The U.S. sorghum crop is on pace to be planted at a normal rate. The five-year average for this time is 40%, which is also the current planting progress. States such as Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana are more than 70% planted, while South Dakota, Colorado and Illinois are around the 10% planted mark.
Of the six major rice-growing states, all but one has more than 70% of their crops in the ground. Missouri is the only state lagging behind with 53% planted, likely due to the major flooding earlier this spring in the rice-growing areas of the state.
Currently, 84% of the U.S. crop is planted, which is only slightly behind the five-year average of 90%.
Click the links below to see the other crop progress and condition reports released on May 23.