Farmers across the Corn Belt made strong progress in the fields in the past week, returning to normal corn planting pace and shifting ahead of the five-year average planting pace for soybeans. Warm weather helped corn and soybean crops emerge and push to near-average emergence pace.


The overall corn crop is now 88% planted, right on pace with the five-year average. Only a handful of states have planted less than 75% of their corn crops, including: Michigan (53%), North Dakota (67%), Ohio (69%), Pennsylvania (63%) and Wisconsin (67%). North Dakota farmers, however, made the most progress, going from 17% of the corn crop planted last week to 67% planted this week.

corn planted, usda crop progress, May 25, 2014

Corn is emerging in all states this week. Warm weather helped boost emergence rates across the growing area. Iowa had just over one-quarter of its corn crop popping out of the soil last week, and is 67% emerged this week. Crops in Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin made strong emergence progress, too.