Miserable weather this spring in the Corn Belt has delayed early corn planting progress. As of Apr. 22, only 5 percent of the U.S. crop was planted compared to 15 percent last year and the five-year average of 14 percent. Iowa and Minnesota had yet to start planting, while Indiana and Nebraska had planted only 1 and 2 percent of expected acreage, respectively. USDA has also started to report on soybean planting progress: One week into the campaign, the U.S. crop was 2 percent planted, on par with the five-year average, with most activity occurring in southern states. NOAA’s prediction maps show warming temperatures over the next couple weeks, as the West’s warm air moves eastward; rains are expected to persist, though.
Corn planting progress by season
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