Concerns over inadequate subsoil moisture in parts of the corn belt have been alleviated recently by a series of spring storms. This week was no exception as rains moved across much of the region. Forecasters are calling for the precipitation to continue throughout the weekend. The rains are especially welcome to growers who have already planted this year's crop. And the latest USDA numbers show farmers are picking up the pace on spring planting.
Farmers have been taking advantage of pleasant spring weather conditions and basically doubled their planting acreage from a week ago.
Slug corn planting
Nationally, 25 percent of the corn has been planted... up from 9 percent last week and slightly ahead of the five-year average of 22 percent.
Slug cotton planting
America's fiber producers have 23 percent of the cotton in the ground – up from 13 percent last week and way ahead of the five-year average.
Slug spring wheat planting
And spring wheat producers have sown 20 percent of their crop... That's twice as much as last week, but well below the five-year average.