US farmers get jump on planting corn and other crops

09 April 2012 21:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The early arrival of warm spring weather in much of the US has allowed farmers to plant corn and other crops earlier than normal, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.

USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report said that as of 8 April, 7% of the projected corn crop had been planted in the top 18 corn-producing states, compared with only 3% on the same date in 2011.

The pace of corn planting in some key states is particularly rapid. In Tennessee, for example, 46% of that state's corn crop has been planted, as has 52% of the crop in Texas.

In Illinois, 17% of the projected corn crop has been planted, while only 1% has been planted in Iowa.

Nationally, 9% of the cotton crop has been planted, as has 37% of the rice crop, 16% of the sorghum crop, and 62% of the oats crop.

In most states, farmers will finish planting corn before starting to plant soybeans.

The USDA projects that farmers will plant 95.9m acres of corn this year, compared with 91.9m acres planted in 2011. Farmers are also projected to planted 73.9m acres of soybeans, down from 74.6m acres last year.

By: Frank Zaworski
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