APRIL 2014


(Posted Mon. Apr 14th, 2014)

A cool, wet spring has delayed planting progress across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only three percent of total corn acres planted by April 14, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by three percentage points. While planting has not kept up with the five-year average to date, it has progressed one percentage point ahead of where it sat at this time in 2013.


“Planting is running somewhat behind normal in most areas, but slow progress this early in the season should not be seen as a cause for alarm,” said National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre. “Last year, planting season started off slowly, and we achieved a record crop by harvest, In 2012, planting flew by quickly, but the severe drought that plagued much of the country damaged the overall crop. As we have seen many times before, it is far too early to accurately assess how the year will go as of yet.”


Progress surpassed the five-year average in two of the top 18 corn-producing states, Kansas and Texas, which both exceeded the average by two percentage points. The most significant delays have been seen in Tennessee and Kentucky where planting progress lags 18 and 13 percentage points behind the five-year average respectively.


Despite these delays, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on the usual corn planting and harvesting dates across the United States issued in 2010 shows that most areas have not yet reached or are just now entering the period in which the most planting activity occurs.


To view the Field Crops Usual Planting and Harvest Dates report, click here.


To view the full report released today, click here.


While planting may be slightly delayed, NCGA urges members to take advantage of this extra time and examine the traits approved in export markets prior to planting. The “Know Before You Grow” website offers important new information to help inform planting decisions in light of the release of new seed varieties currently unapproved in some export markets. With current gaps in trait approvals abroad, farmers should make well-informed planting decisions to avoid potentially difficult situations should elevators again decide not to accept corn with these traits at harvest.


While planting decisions involve a multitude of factors, it is import to factor in potential issues which could be faced marketing grain unapproved for markets supplied through elevators with which one does business.


Growers should read their grower agreements before planting and communicate with their grain buyers. This is why NCGA works with technology providers to publicize regular updates on the approval status of these events.  Regardless of export status, there is an ample market for U.S. biotech corn.


To find out more, visit Know Before You Grow by clicking here.