Yesterday, USDA began reporting progress for a few 2020/21 crops, with more extensive reporting beginning next week, including info about corn planting pace.
At this point in the season, all eyes are on field conditions and how soon Corn Belt growers will be able to start planting corn and soybeans. Last year, planting was very delayed due to extensive flooding in the Midwest. Illinois, with the second largest corn acreage in the U.S., was one of the Midwestern states hit especially hard by prolonged weather issues and ended up planting 6 percent less acorn acreage than planned.
This year, after above-average precipitation in the Grain Belt during the winter, NOAA is forecasting moderate to major springtime flooding in the upper and middle Mississippi River basins, the Missouri River basin, and the northern segment of the Red River. The Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Missouri River basins and the lower Mississippi River basin (and tributaries) are expected to experience moderate flooding. Western Illinois may be at risk for moderate flooding, which could delay planting for the northwestern part of the state’s corn crop.
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