Corn Planting Off to Slow Start04/17/2018
U.S. corn planting made a very slight advance over the past week, with weather keeping producers in some key growing areas out of the fields. It’s still early, but could become an issue if delays persist into May.
As of Sunday, the USDA says 3% of this year’s crop is planted, compared to 6% a year ago and the five year average of 5%.
31% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, up 1% on the week, but down 21% from a year ago, with drought or near drought conditions in parts of the U.S. Plains and cool, wet weather in portions of the Delta and eastern Midwest. Another 32% of this year’s winter wheat is called fair and the remaining 37% is in poor to very poor condition. Week to week, 3% shifted from fair, down to poor to very poor. 9% of the crop has headed, compared to 18% last year and 10% on average.
3% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 12% this time last year and 15% on average because of cold and snowy conditions in much of the northern U.S. Plains.