How far behind are corn farmers due to the excessive rains this spring? Not very, says recent data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
In fact, planting progress on May 7 was near historical five-year averages.
In Illinois, the corn crop was 65 percent planted by May 7, 2017 compared to the five-year average of 63 percent planted at about the same time.
In other states, the results are similar:
Ohio: 46 percent of the corn was planted by May 7th compared to a 38 percent five-year average.
Indiana: 51 percent of the corn was planted by May 7th compared to a 43 percent five-year average.
Iowa: 52 percent of the corn was planted by May 7th compared to a 55 percent five-year average.
Minnesota: 35 percent of the corn was planted by May 7th compared to a 55 percent five-year average.
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