Growers have been busy getting the corn crop in the ground and as of May 6 had narrowed this year’s planting progress deficit to just five points behind the five-year average. In one week, Iowa jumped from 17 percent planted to 40 percent, and Nebraska jumped from 17 percent for 42 percent, while Indiana barreled forward from 8 percent to 42 percent. Minnesota is still struggling, though, with only 9 percent of its projected acreage planted compared to the five-year average of 44 percent by this time.
Soybean plantings are proceeding quickly, with U.S. acreage 15 percent planted, 2 points ahead of the five-year average. Indiana and Nebraska are both well ahead of their usual soybean planting progress, and Iowa is planting slightly faster than average.
Corn planting progress, by season
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