Mapping out rain totals in the top corn-growing states

The southern part of Illinois received 1 to 1.5 inches of rain last week. However, the northeastern corner is where much of the rain was needed in the state.

Here’s a closer look at the precipitation that impacted planting progress in the top corn-growing states the week of April 19 to 25.

Iowa

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“We’ve seen improvement in drought conditions across western Iowa,” said Secretary Naig. “Colder temperatures and some late-season snow slowed farmers down last week. However, recent weather patterns have allowed more farmers to get into the fields and a warm and windy forecast should ramp up field activities in the coming days.”

The northwest corner of the state received some precipitation, but not enough to move it out of the severe drought farmers are facing in that area.

As of April 29, nearly 75% of the state is in a drought with 19.5% abnormally dry, and 8% facing moderate drought. According to the April 26th Crop Progress Report, 20% of the corn is in the ground vs. the 22% five-year average in Iowa. Iowa farmers also have planted 6% of the soybean crop vs. the 3% five-year average.

Illinois

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The southern part of Illinois received 1 to 1.5 inches of rain last week. However, the northeastern corner is where much of the rain was needed in the state. Nearly 53% of the state is in a drought, with 7% abnormally dry. The drier weather has helped farmers stay on track with corn and soybean planting. As of Monday, 23% of corn is planted in the state compared to the 28% five-year average. The states’ farmers are largely ahead on soybean planting with 18% of beans in the ground compared to the 6% five-year average.

Nebraska

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Nebraska is currently facing abnormally dry conditions in a little over 62% of the state. 23% is in moderate drought with 7% facing severe drought. Monday’s Crop Progress Report indicated farmers are quite behind in corn planting with 6% planted compared to the 15% 5-year average. Although, soybean planting is right on target at 3% with the 5-year average.

Minnesota

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As of Thursday, April 29, 37% of Minnesota is abnormally dry with 15% in moderate drought. This includes the southern quarter of the state as well as the northwest corner. Nearly 1% in these areas has grown into severe drought. The northeastern corner and part of the south-central area of the state received 0.5” to 1.5” elevating those once dry areas. As of Monday, farmers are on track with corn planting at 18% in the ground compared to the 18% five-year average. Soybean planting is just getting started at 2% in the ground compared to the 1% five-year average.

Indiana

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As of Thursday, April 29, 83% of Indiana is abnormally dry with nearly 9% in moderate drought. However, last week brought anywhere from 0.41” to a 0.77” of precipitation across majority of the state. As of Monday, planting has stayed above average for Indiana farmers at 14% compared to the five-year average of 12%. Soybean planting is also above average at 9% compared to the five-year average of 4%.

Kansas

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The southeastern corner of Kansas received majority of the rain for the state last week receiving between 0.25” to 1.2” of rain. However, the western third of the state is where 36% of the state is abnormally dry as of April 29. 13% of the area is in moderate drought and nearly 2% has grown to severe drought. According to Monday’s Crop Progress Report, corn farmers are slightly below the five-year average of 27% with 20% of corn planted in the state. Similarly to Indiana, soybean planting is just getting kicked off with 2% planted compared to the five-year average of 1%.

South Dakota

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With 93% of South Dakota abnormally dry, 64% is in moderate drought with nearly 20% in severe drought as of April 29, it remains one of the driest states in the Midwest. Besides a few counties along the western border, South Dakota received little to no rainfall last week. However, corn planting in the state is on track at 4% in the ground compared to the five-year average of 4%. Soybean planting is just getting kicked off at 1% planted.

Ohio

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Majority of the western half of Ohio received rainfall last week totally anywhere from 0.3” to 2.5” of rain. However, as of April 29, 69% of the state is abnormally dry with 21% in moderate drought. Corn planting is on track according to the Crop Progress Report Monday with 8% of corn in the ground compared to the five-year average at 7%. Soybean planting is well above pace with 8% in the ground as well compared to the five-year average of 2%.

Missouri

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The southeastern half of Missouri received significant rainfall last week with totals reaching nearly 3” in some areas. The state has 0% drought as of April 29. However, corn planting is well behind pace at 20% compared to the five-year average of 44% according to the Crop Progress Report Monday. Like Ohio and Indiana, soybean planting is just getting started at 3% planted compared to the five-year average of 3%.

Wisconsin

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As of April 29, slightly over half the state is abnormally dry with 23% in moderate drought. Much of the dry areas is in the central part of the state moving south. The north central part of Wisconsin received about .5” last week of rain keeping that area out of any drought stage. According to the Crop Progress Report Monday, corn planting in the state is on track at 6% compared to the five-year average at 5%. Soybean planting is just getting started as well with 2% planted compared to the five-year average of 1%.

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