The majority of corn planted so far this spring is reported as being in good or fair condition.
The USDA crop progress report shows that 57% of corn is in good condition and 28% is in fair condition. In 2016, the corn was rated as 60% in good condition.
Indiana has the lowest quality so far, with 37% of the corn in good condition and 40% fair condition. Ohio also has more corn in fair condition than good condition (39% vs 43).
Corn planting remains right on track for end of May. The crop report shows that 91% of the nation’s corn has been planted. That’s down 2% from the four year average of 93%.
States still behind the average are Wisconsin with only 77% planted and Pennsylvania with 75% complete. Other states just over the 80% mark are Michigan, Kansas, Ohio and Indiana.
Regarding growing corn, the crop report shows 73% emerged compared to the four-year average of 75%.
Wisconsin and Michigan have less than 50% corn emerged. Wisconsin has 47% emerged and Michigan has 43%.
Midwest states leading the way with corn emergence are Iowa at 82%, Minnesota with 81% and Illinois with 80%.
Indiana (60%), North Dakota, (66%), Ohio (62%) and Kansas (64%) are slow to emerge so far.
Farmers have 67% of the soybean crop planted so far this year, down 1% from the four-year average.
States running behind include Wisconsin with only 45% planted compared to the four-year average of 66%; Illinois with 62% planted compared to 71% average; and Indiana with 54% planted versus a 71% average.
Soybean emergence is currently running 37% of the soybeans planted, down 3% from the four-year average.
Wisconsin is the furthest behind with only 12% of the soybeans planted emerging. That’s down from the 31% average.
Other states showing they are behind the four-year average include Illinois with only 38% emerged compared to the average of 47%; Indiana with 32% emerged compared to 44%; Michigan with only 20% emerged compared to 37% average; and Iowa with only 39% emerging compared the average of 43%.