Farmers across the Corn Belt didn’t get much time in the field last week, even before a weekend snowstorm dumped at least 6 inches and up to 2 feet of snow across much of Nebraska, South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In the week ended April 15, farmers in the northern Corn Belt were lucky to get a day in the field.
So field preparation and corn planting are getting off to a slow start.
Here are a few highlights from the USDA Crop Progress report issued today. Below are interactive maps. Hover your cursor over a map to see state data.
In the week ended April 15:
- Corn planting in the 18 major corn states reached 3 percent complete, vs 6 percent last year and the 2013-17 average of 5 percent by that date.
- Sorghum planting in the 11 major states for that crop reached 20 percent, equal to the five-year average and off just 1 point from last year.
- Oats planting in the 9 major oats states reached 29 percent, off from the average 44 percent and last year’s 43 percent.