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Planting progress still ahead of normal pace despite rains

Agriculture.com Staff 05/03/2010 @ 2:27pm

It's been a wet week in much of the Midwest, but that hasn't totally derailed corn planting progress yet. After big-time strides in the last 10 days of April, the new month is starting with the majority of the crop in the ground, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

As of Sunday, 68% of the country's corn crop has been planted, USDA numbers show. That's up from 50% a week ago and still 28% ahead of the normal pace for this week of the year. Though progress was slowed from the previous week, most states saw a double-digit planting improvement over the last 7 days. The sharpest progess contrast comes in Illinois: A year ago, 5% of that state's corn crop was in the ground versus 87% planted as of Sunday.

"As we enter the first week of May, we only have 100 acres of corn left to plant. We also hope to get our soybeans planted this week," Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, farmer and Agriculture.com Crop Tech Tour correspondent Doug Martin said over the weekend (See more from Martin).

Martin and other Corn Belt farmers should have a chance to get some fieldwork done in the next few days after things can dry out after weekend rains, according to Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. ag meteorologist Charlie Notis. But, another round of rain will likely keep any planting progress strides shorter this week compared to the last 2.

"The weather outlook does look wet for next week, with rain breaking out across much of the southwestern half of the Corn Belt by next Monday morning and rain chances 'off and on' in the Corn Belt for much of the work-week period of next week. It is Monday, which means that it is time for a guess on the planting progress number for this afternoon," Notis says. "Rain early last week and at the end of the week means that corn planting progress will not be nearly as good as a week ago, but decent progress should have been made as not all areas got heavy rains and drying conditions in the middle of last week were very good."

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It's been a wet week in much of the Midwest, but that hasn't totally derailed corn planting progress yet. After big-time strides in the last 10 days of April, the new month is starting with the majority of the crop in the ground, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

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