Corn+Soybean Digest

Little Corn Planting Progress

U.S. producers made very little progress planting their 2008 corn crop last week as cool, wet conditions continued to limit fieldwork.

Monday afternoon’s USDA weekly crop update pegged planting progress at 4% as of Sunday, up just two points from a week earlier and well behind the five-year average pace of 17%.

The USDA planting progress figure fell short of trade expectations, which ranged from 5% to 9% complete.

According to data recorded by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the planting pace is the slowest since the “100-year flood” year of 1993, when planting progress was at 4% as of April 25.

Planting progress in the No. 2 corn-producing state of Illinois was pegged at only 1%, against 9% a year ago and a five-year average of 29%.

In top-corn-producing Iowa, no planting progress was reported against a year-earlier pace of 6% done and the five-year average of 12%.

Brisk winds and continued wet conditions allowed little or no fieldwork last week in Iowa, according to the state office of NASS. Fertilizer applications, at 55% complete, were five percentage points behind last year and 11 points behind the five-year average.

Planting is lagging worst in Missouri, were it advanced only two percentage points last week to 4% done, more than three weeks behind the average pace of 53% complete.

Editor’s note: Richard Brock, The Corn And Soybean Digest's Marketing Editor, is president of Brock Associates, a farm market advisory firm, and publisher of The Brock Report.

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