Corn planting delays persisted across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only six percent of total corn acres planted by April 20, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by eight percentage points, an increase of five percentage points from last week. While planting has not kept up with the five-year average to date, it has progressed to two percentage points ahead of where it sat at this time in 2013.
"While last week many farmers were further delayed in their planting efforts, progress will certainly take off as soon as windows of warm, dry weather pop up," said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. "Keep in mind that last year, planting season started off slowly, and we harvest a record corn crop in the fall. In 2012, planting flew by quickly, but severe drought plagued much of the country and damaged the overall crop. Farmers realize that a long planting and growing season, which may present opportunities and obstacles, still lies ahead."
Progress surpassed the five-year average in only one of the top 18 corn-producing states, Kansas, which exceeded average planting progress by three percentage points. The most significant delays have been seen in Tennessee and Kentucky where planting progress lags 25 and 20 percentage points behind the five-year average respectively. Double-digit percentage point lags in planting also were seen in Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.