Before widespread rainfall this weekend thwarted some planting plans, progress was barreling full speed ahead. And even the rains couldn’t keep farmers from staying ahead of the five-year average. According to the latest USDA crop progress estimates, 75% of corn had been planted as of 5/10. The 2010-2014 average is 57%.
Meantime, Farm Journal Pulse asked a slightly different question – what percentage of your crop has been planted? That wording allows for a slightly different data set, especially looking at the percentage of farmers who say they haven’t even started – and those who say they’re already through.
Some analysis between the 2015 Pulse results and 2012-14 add additional confirmation that this spring’s planting season is off to a faster start than compared to the past few years. Respondents said 68% of the corn crop had been planted as of 5/6, with 44% of farmers saying they had completely finished planting corn acres by that date.
Here’s a snapshot look of how farmers responded from 2012-15.
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