Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Unfavorable weather puts U.S. corn planting at slowest pace on record, says USDA; soybeans are way behind too

Historically bad weather in the Midwest has slowed corn planting to the slowest pace on record. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Monday that corn planting was 67 percent complete, well behind the five-year average of 96%.

"As of Sunday, Iowa farmers had 80% of that state’s corn crop planted vs. a 99% five-year average. Illinois farmers have 45% of their corn seeded, behind a 98% five-year average. Indiana has 31% planted vs. a 94% five-year average. In the eastern Corn Belt, Nebraska farmers have 88% of their corn planted vs. a 98% five-year average," Mike McGinnis reports for Successful Farming.

Soybeans are way behind, too. The report estimated that 39% of the U.S. soybean crop has been planted, compared to a 79% five-year average. "Iowa has 41% of its soybean crop in the ground compared with an 89% five-year average. Illinois has 21% of its crop seeded, compared with an 84% five-year average. Indiana soybean growers have 17% of their crop in the ground vs. an 80% five-year average," McGinnis reports.

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