(Posted Mon. May 4th, 2015)
U.S. corn farmers took full advantage of last week’s favorable planting conditions, surging 17 points beyond the five-year average, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 55 percent of total corn acres planted by May 3, growers progress increased by 36 points over the week and advanced to 17 points ahead of the five-year average of 38 percent at this point.
“The incredible progress that we saw over the past week is a testament to the old fashioned, hardworking nature of farmers as well as the incredible advantages offered by modern farming technology,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “While many are certainly relieved to have the crop in the ground, it is important to keep in mind that early progress is not a concrete indicator of what we will find at harvest. Many opportunities and obstacles still lies ahead as a long growing season has only just entered growers’ horizons.”
Progress surged to surpass the five-year average by 17 points, a major increase from last week when it lagged by six points. The states furthest ahead of the five-year average for corn acres planted at this point include Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, which surpassed the average by 49, 32 and 29 points respectively.
This week marked the second report on corn emergence issued by USDA for this crop year. As of May 3, only nine percent of total corn acres had emerged. This sits three points behind the five-year average but three ahead of corn emergence in 2014 at this time.
To view the full report released today, click here.