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Weather Delays Keep Corn Planting Behind Schedule

Date Posted: May 2, 2013

This article is reprinted from the USDA's May 2 Grain Transportation Report.

The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows only 5 percent of the corn crop has been planted so far this year, compared with 49 percent at this time last year and 31 percent for the five-year average.

Farmers across the Corn Belt have been prevented from planting by cold weather and wet soil.

Above-normal precipitation in May is forecast for the Corn Belt. Currently, only 2 percent has been planted in Iowa, compared to 44 percent last year at this time, while Illinois and Indiana have only planted 1 percent, compared to 76 and 67 percent last year, respectively.

If planting is delayed too long, corn acres and yields could be lower, indicating lowerthan-usual demand for transportation at harvest.

However, a chance of favorable weather in May could improve planting progress.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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