This Week in Ag… 5/18/15

planting corn

Last week’s comments from farmers that they were done or almost done planting corn fits right in with the crop progress report that came out yesterday.  Each Monday through the growing season a crop progress report is published by the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).The crop progress report is a weekly update of planting as well as crop conditions later in the crop year.  This information helps the industry to gauge what is happening across the country and helps farmers to look past their backyard.  Last year at this time corn was 49% planted.  The 5-year average had 59% planted and this year Mother Nature has cooperated to allow for 77% of the corn to be planted.  Soybeans also made a big jump and are ahead of the 5 year average.

planting progress

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