A warm and dry spring has allowed planting to progress at a near-record tempo for several crops.
Corn planting is moving at a blistering pace. Among the 18 states with 92% of the corn acres, the crop is 53 percent in the ground. That’s well ahead of the five-year average of 27 percent. Illinois, for example, is 79% complete, almost triple the 5-year average.
The soybean crop is starting to make its way into the earth as well. USDA says producers are 12 percent complete in the 18 states planting 95% of the soybean acreage. That’s twice as fast as last year.
Spring wheat also has been sown at a brisk tempo. 74% of the acres are now planted, dwarfing last year’s 32 percent rate.
And in the 15 states with 99% of the cotton acreage, 26 percent of the nation’s cotton crop is planted. That’s well ahead of the five-year 19 percent pace.