Planting season has definitely begun.
According to USDA’s Crop Progress report released Monday, corn planting is 13% complete for the week ending April 17, outpacing the five-year average of 8% for this time.
It represents a significant surge from the previous week, when corn planting progress stood at just 4%.
To farmers and those who follow them (and the #plant16 hashtag) on Twitter, though, that planting surge came as no surprise.
“Based on field work pace around Algona, Iowa, I expect planting to be 2 million percent compete on Monday,” said Angie Setzer, vice president of grain for Citizens LLC, posted Friday on Twitter. “Dust flying everywhere.”
In fact, Iowa corn planting stood at 13% complete in Monday’s report, compared to 0% in the previous week.
Missouri farmers also took to the field. In one week, they went from 24% of corn planted to 58% planted, putting their crop progress dramatically ahead of their five year average of 21% for this time frame.
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