More Than Half of Corn Crop Planted Before May 1
USAgNet - 05/04/2012
Farmers in the top 18 corn producing states have planted 53 percent of their corn crop, nearly double the 2007-11 average of 27 percent at this time of year.
As of the end of April, Illinois farmers have planted 79 percent of their corn crop, compared to the 5-year average of 29 percent. Iowa farmers have 50 percent of their corn crop in the ground, compared to a 32 percent average.
In addition, eight other major corn producing States have planted 50 percent or more of their corn.
Favorable planting weather has permitted an early planting pace.
While not in the top 18 states, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi have 96 percent or more of their corn planted.
These states are the earliest maturing source for new crop exports that are traditionally shipped through the Mississippi River ports.