May 27, 2008

Corn nearly all planted

Improved weather has allowed Nebraska farmers to catch up on corn planting, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. In fact, 96 percent of Nebraska’s corn is in the ground, which is the same as last year and the average for this time of year. It's also up 13 percent from last week.

Emerged corn is at 59 percent, ahead of last weeks 25 percent, but behind last years 75 and the average of 76 percent. For details, be sure to check out this week's Crop Progress Report.

Farmers across the country made big strides over the past week in getting their corn in the ground, but are still behind the normal pace. USDA said 88 percent of the corn crop is planted, compared ti the 94 percent average over the previous five-year average.

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