May 18, 2009

Nebraska corn planting wrapping up

USDA reported today that 93 percent of Nebraska's corn crop is now planted - and 43 percent has emerged. This is as of May 17 (yesterday).

The emergence number is the same as the five-year average, but well ahead of last year's 22 percent emerged at this time.

The planting number is ahead of the five-year average of 88 percent and last year's 79 percent. (A week ago planting stood at 78 percent complete - so it was another pretty good week for farmers looking to get in the field.)

Nationally, 62 percent of the crop is planted. This is well behind the 85 percent completed in the five-year average and even well behind last year's rain-delayed 70 percent. Water is again the problem this year, with a good chunk of the eastern Corn Belt well behind normal. Illinois, for example, is only 20 percent planted (compared to 73 percent last year and the five-year average of 92 percent).

For the full USDA report, click here.

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