As of May. 2, U.S. corn planting for 2021/22 was at 46 percent nationwide, up 29 points from the week prior and 10 points above the five-year average. Nine of the 12 Midwestern states were above their five-year planting averages, the exceptions being Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.
Nebraska was at 42 percent planted, up 36 points on the week but still 6 points behind its five-year average. Missouri was at 50 percent planted, 12 points below its five-year average, the furthest behind of any state.
U.S. corn emerged rose to 8 percent, up 5 points on the week but 1 point below the five-year average. Missouri was again a notable laggard, with just 15 percent corn emerged vs. a five-year average of 28 percent.
Planting is expected to advance between rounds of regular rain in the southern, central, and eastern Grain Belt into mid-May. Parts of the western, northwestern, and northcentral Belt will see less rain and net drying into mid-May, and increased rainfall will be needed by late May to prevent significant crop stress.