US crop planting ahead of last year's pace

17 April 2012 22:04  [Source: ICIS news]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (ICIS)--Rough weather in the midsection of the US kept many farmers out of the fields during the past 10 days, but the pace of corn planting is running well ahead of a year ago, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Tuesday.

As of 15 April, 17% of a projected 95.9m acre corn crop has been planted, up from 7% last week and 5% on the same date a year earlier, USDA said in its weekly crop progress report. 

Among the top 18 corn-producing states, Illinois leads the pack with 41% of the corn crop planted, followed by Nebraska at 39% and Indiana at 24%. 

Iowa, the leading corn-producing state, has only 5% of its corn crop planted because rains have kept farmers out of their fields. 

The USDA also reported that 13% of the cotton crop has been planted along with 18% of the sorghum and 56% of the rice.

By: Frank Zaworski
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