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USDA: Corn planting progress speeds up

Agriculture.com Staff 04/27/2009 @ 3:34pm

Farmers got quite a bit of corn planted in the last week before rains started again stalling things out over the weekend in the western and central Corn Belt.

In its weekly Crop Progress report, USDA-NASS tabbed 22% of this year's corn crop as planted, up from only 5% a week ago. Despite the jump, that's still 6% off the previous five-year average for this week. The biggest planting gains were seen in Iowa (from 6% last week to 47% this week) and Minnesota (40% this week compared to 0% last week). Farmers also made good progress in Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

"Corn planting is finishing up around here. I am amazed at all of the corn on corn this year," says Agriculture Online Marketing Talk member blackdirt, who farms in northern Iowa. "There was a lot of fall tillage that wasn't done but they got it done this spring with perfect weather. I was thinking there was going to be way more beans here this spring but I was way off."

But, that advanced progress isn't common everywhere in the region. Marketing Talk member captron says he's just getting started, though he's not getting nervous quite yet.

"Only 18% planted for me, but considering no fall tillage was done and all land has gotten done and leveled, I'm ahead of last year never started planting last year until the 30th last year," he says. "It's still early yet. Don't get to nervous yet. It always gets done -- we can't NOT get it planted."

In other crops, soybean farmers are making strides in the Delta in getting their crop in, but remain off-pace as well. Overall, 3% of the nation's soybeans are in the ground, compared to the average pace of 5%. Rice and cotton seedings remain slightly behind schedule as well, as does winter wheat maturation. Sorghum planting is slightly behind last year's pace but right in line with the previous five-year average.

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Farmers got quite a bit of corn planted in the last week before rains started again stalling things out over the weekend in the western and central Corn Belt.

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