No Need to Worry About Delayed Corn Planting Progress at this Point

National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson says slow planting progress this early in the season isn't cause for alarm. The cool, wet spring has delayed planting across much of the country - with USDA reporting just two-percent of total corn acres planted by April 14th. That's five full percentage points behind the five-year average.

Last year at this time - 16-percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground. But Johnson notes the severe drought that plagued much of the country damaged the overall crop. With many areas getting much needed rain - she says a slight delay at this point could still produce an excellent crop - which will be buoyed by the near-record acreage farmers intend to plant to corn.

According to USDA - progress is lagging behind the five-year average pace in almost all of the top 18 corn-producing states. Texas is the only exception - where planting is exactly on pace.

The most significant delays have been seen in Tennessee. Planting progress there is 16-percentage points behind the five-year average and 48-percentage points behind 2012 planting progress at this time. Illinois and Kentucky have also seen planting delays. Progress in both states is more than 10-percentage points behind the five-year average.

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