April showers don’t just bring May flowers. They also slow corn planting.
The USDA’s Crop Progress report, released on Monday, showed that producers across many states are now making up for lost time. The report indicated that 2 percent of the nation’s corn has been planted.
The difference between this year and last is staggering. By this time in 2012, 16 percent of the country’s corn crop was already in the ground.
Some states are making more progress than others. Texas, who started planting weeks ago, is now at 56 percent complete. This is on-par with the state’s five-year average and 2 percentage points above their 2012 pace. North Carolina (28 percent) and Tennessee (11 percent) also lead the nation’s top corn-producing states in planting.
Nine states – Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin – have yet to report any progress.
Though rain and snow may have slowed corn planting, the moisture is welcome, especially in the western Corn Belt. Reuters reports that between 2 and 6 inches of rain is needed in Kansas to bring soil moisture up to normal, while another 6 to 10 inches is needed in Nebraska. The wet weather pattern is expected to linger.