Farmers across corn-producing states made decent progress in the last week, going from 12% planted on May 5 to 28% of the overall corn crop planted by May 12. This is still well behind the five-year average of 65% planted.
Corn growers in Ohio made the most progress, getting nearly half of their corn in the ground, and jumping from 7% last week to 46% planted this week. Big progress was also made in Michigan, South Dakota and Nebraska. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are all still less than 20% planted.
Planted corn is now emerging in all states but Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Five percent of the overall planted crop has emerged. The five-year average emergence for this date is 28%; 52% of the overall corn crop had emerged by this time in 2012.
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Soybean planting progressed a little in the last week, gaining 4 percentage points for an overall soybean planted rate of 6%. The five-year average pace is 24% by this date. Illinois is the only state to not have any soybeans in the ground yet. In the last week, farmers in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin were able to get some beans in the ground.
Soybean growers in Michigan planted 13% of their crop in the last week; Ohio farmers got 15% of their crop in.
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