In the United States, most of the corn crop is grown in the Midwest. Typically, the southernmost areas will begin planting first and then the most northern areas will begin planting as the snow is gone and the soil is thawed. Despite the warm temperatures, most Midwest farmers kept their corn planters in the equipment shed.
USDA’s weekly national crop progress report shows corn planting continuing to run ahead of the average pace. The pace eclipses the five-year average of 2 percent. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Reuters, on average, had expected 8 percent planted. The state report showed that 3 percent of the spring wheat crop had emerged in North Dakota, the earliest emergence on record.
The farmers who held back were concerned about insurance and worried that the weather might take a turn for the worse following a record warm March, analysts said. 21% of the spring wheat crop is planted, compared to 8% last week, 3% last year, and 5% on average, with South Dakota at 52% complete. 61% of the U.S. winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, up 3% on the week and 25% on the year.