Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Planting Progress report and let us know that farmers have completely caught up to their five-year average and gotten the crop planted in record time!
Nationally, we are 62% planted and our average for this week is 63%. Specific to Illinois, we are 90% planted and our five-year average for this week is 70%.
That means farmers worked their tails off over the last two weeks of good weather.
When we think of emergence – how many of those corn seedlings have poked their heads up out of the soil – Illinois is sitting at 63% emerged. This compared to 44% emerged this week in 2017 and a five-year average of 41% emerged for this time of year.
Overall, despite a slow start, I think farmers are off to the races with a bang!