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.