15 per cent is well below the five-year average
Difficult spring conditions are hampering corn planting in part of the U.S. According to the latest USDA report, as of Apr. 28th just 15 per cent of the crop was in the ground, the same as last year at this time but well behind the five-year average of 27 per cent.
Just three per cent of the crop had emerged.
There are some significant regional differences. Growers across Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee are well ahead of last year’s progress. But those in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes are having a harder time.
Only nine per cent of Illinois corn is planted, compared to 28 per cent last year and a five-year average of 43 per cent. Similarly, just two per cent of Indiana’s corn is planted. States bordering the Great Lakes are all at well below five per cent.
Just three per cent of the U.S. soybean crop is in the ground, about half as much as in recent years.