As Planting Nears Completion, Corn Crop Appears to Be in Good ConditionTue, 26 May 2015 19:52:53 CDT
Corn farmers have nearly completed plantings for 2015 according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Advancing to 92 percent complete, growers' progress now surpasses the five-year average for this time by four points.
"With planting nearly complete, farmers turn to best management practices and hopefully favorable weather to nurture the crop along," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. "Despite the implications of a swift and successful planting season, a record-setting crop is not guaranteed by any means. A long summer still lies ahead and, as in many years, the fate of the crop will largely be decided by propitiously timed rains in the middle of the summer."
Corn emerged also exceeded the average with 74 percent of all acres up by May 24. The five-year average at this point is 62 percent. Michigan and Wisconsin both achieved 35 or more points beyond the five-year average for maturity, the greatest margin seen last week.
The report also included the first assessment of the 2015 corn crop quality, with 74 percent of corn acres rated either good or excellent. As the crop maturity has progressed more quickly than in previous years, there is not data point of comparison available.
Soybean planting reached 61 percent complete. That's a gain of 16 points over last week. Progress was six points ahead of last year and the five year average.
Cotton planting nationally reached 47 percent. That's behind last year's 60 and the five year average of 61.
To view the full report released Monday, click here.
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