While it’s too early to spot a clear trend, corn planting is off to a better start this spring than one year ago, when widespread wet conditions delayed field work. Nationally, the USDA reports 19 percent of the crop planted in this week’s Crop Progress report. That compares with just 3 percent one week ago, 5 percent on April 18, 2009 and a five-year average of 9 percent for the date.
Naturally, planting is furthest along in southern states such as
Sorghum, at 23 percent planted is within a few percentage points of last year and the five-year average.
The winter wheat crop is generally in better condition than last year, with the agency reporting 65 percent in good or excellent condition nationally, compared with 43 percent one year ago. Just 6 percent of the crop rates poor or very poor, compared with 27 percent one year ago.
The full report is available on line.
Source: Drovers (sister publication of Dairy Herd Management)