Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Corn Planting Ahead Of Schedule

Des Moines Register:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said that 17 percent of the U.S. corn crop has been planted as of Sunday, well ahead of the normal 5 percent pace by this date.
In Iowa, which along with other upper Midwest states traditionally plants later, 5 percent of the crop was planted by Sunday compared o a normal rate of 3 percent.
The USDA said the weekend rains improved Iowa’s soil moisture situation, noting “topsoil moisture levels improved to 6 percent very short, 21 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.”...
Illinois, Iowa’s annual rival for national corn producing leader, reported 41 percent of its crop planted mostly in the warmer southern half of the state. Kentucky and North Carolina both reported 59 percent of their crops planted, and Missouri reported 39 percent planted.
Analysts and traders had expected a better-than-usual start to planting because of generally warm and dry conditions, especially in the southern parts of the corn belt. Planting in Iowa and elsewhere in the Midwest has been temporarily delayed as fields dry from heavy weekend rains.
Ohio corn is 10% planted, well ahead of the 2% five year average.  

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