U.S. #corn planting progress jumped 29 points on the week to 46% as of May 2, some 10 points ahead of average. That is comparable to the same week in 2015 when planting surged 36 points and it follows a slightly slower week in late April due to cold and snow. #plant21
Huge #corn planting progress in the Western Belt: Iowa +49 pts, Minn +42 pts, Nebraska +36 pts on the week. No. 2 producer Illinois was also rolling with +31 pts, as was Missouri with +30. Almost all major states are ahead of the 5yr avg with corn planting.
U.S. #soybeans were 24% planted as of May 2, a record fast pace and topping last year's high of 21% on the same date. However, it could be argued that this is actually more representative of normal now rather than fast since a lot of farmers plant beans earlier and earlier.
Iowa also made exceptional progress with #soybeans last week, jumping 37 points. Illinois jumped 23 pts. Those two states (top 2 producers) are close to 30 points ahead of the recent average, but many farmers have started planting beans before corn hoping for better yields
Farmers are zooming!
They were really zooming along Jim.
Near record cold is going to cause soil temps to plunge and could nip some of the crop planted but fro sure will slow down the planting pace...........with increasing rains in the south.
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