Good Weather Boosts Planting Progress

May 4, 2010 11:57 AM
U.S. corn planting progress has almost reached 70 percentage points complete, according to USDA's latest report. Normally, at this time, only 40 percentage points are complete.
The weather and planting progress this year is very different from last year, says Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist for Purdue University. The weather has been excellent for planting so far.
As for this year, we are in the ending phase of El Nino that has impacted our winter and spring, Scheeringa says. "We're looking for a very typical early summer. Nothing is brewing in the ocean or atmosphere to make the summer stray from the typical for Indiana and surrounding areas.”
However, Scheeringa says, rain can still hinder the planting plans. There is a higher-than-normal chance of rain for May 10 to 16.
Some years, farmers are happy during planting, he says. "This is one of those years.”
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