U.S. corn growers normally have 16% or more of their corn planted by the end of the third week in April. But that average belies wide variance. Last year, 30% of the crop was already planted; in 2013, only 5% was.
This year’s pace won’t be that bad. USDA last week said 6% of the crop was planted. That was below average, a trend that appears to be happening again in 2017.
Farmers supplying Feedback From The Field over the past week reported slow going in the northwest Corn Belt. The pace was faster in the east, which benefited from warmer and drier weather so far this spring.
While some growers in Illinois were only 10% to 20% planted, others in the east had as much as 60% to 80% in.
“Marginal rainfall throughout the week in the area made it difficult to string together more than a few days of planting at a time,” wrote a grower near Mattoon, IL, in the south central part of the state.
But those conditions were far better than growers elsewhere confronted.
“Cold and too wet to plant anything in central Iowa,” said a producer northeast of Des Moines.
‘Very wet conditions in east central Iowa,” added another between Iowa City and Davenport.
Even some areas known for faster planting are behind. Corn planting was running 50% of normal in Kansas last week. “We have been unbelievably wet in our area, virtually nothing planted,” said a grower east of Topeka.
The moisture is helping winter wheat, which was rated above average
Feedback From The Field, Farm Futures’ interactive tool lets you share what’s going on in your fields 24/7. And it’s optimized for smart phones, so you can update conditions whether you’re in the office or out in the field.
Click this Feedback From The Field link to enter your data. For starters, we want to know how planting and emergence are going. You can also rate crops in your area as they emerge. We’ll update reports weekly with the interactive map below that lets you see what other growers are saying around the country.