Corn planting progressed a bit last week, moving up 7 points from the week before to 12% planted overall. The five-year average is 47% planted, and last year the overall corn planting progress was 69% at this time.
North Carolina and Texas have the most corn in the ground at 89% and 70% completed so far, and slightly behind the five-year averages for each state.
All states now have some corn in the ground. After no corn planted the week ending April 28, Michigan (5%), Minnesota (2%), North Dakota (1%), South Dakota(7%) and Wisconsin (4%) were able to roll out the planters and get in the field.
Corn is emergence is at 3% for the overall crop, 12 points behind the five-year average and 26 points behind last year's 29% emergence at this time. Farmers in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas are seeing their corn crop pop out of the ground.
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Soybean planting is also off to a slow start. In the last week, 2% of the overall soybean crop was planted. Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee farmers put beans in the ground. The five-year average is 12%, and last year at this time 22% of the overall soybean crop was planted.
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