USDA reported yesterday that as of this past Sunday (April 26), 19% of corn acres had been planted by the 18 states that planted 92% of 2014 corn acreage. This compares with 17% one year ago and an average 25% for this same date over the past 5 years.
Of the states with the largest acreage devoted to corn, Minnesota farmers have 38% of their acres planted, followed by 32% in Kansas and 31% in Illinois.
States that are lagging include Indiana with only 3% of corn acres sown (vs. 26% in 2014), 14% in Iowa (vs. 24% last year), 3% in Pennsylvania (vs. 11% in 2014) and 2% in Ohio (vs. 20% a year ago).
USDA also reported that only 2% of soybeans were in the ground, compared to an average of 4% over the past 5 years.