30 April 2012 21:35 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Fair weather in much of the US midwest has enabled farmers to plant 53% of the nation's 2012 corn crop while letting some get an early jump on soybean planting, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.
The USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report said that as of 29 April, 53% of the corn had been planted in the top 18 corn-producing states, compared with only 12% on the same date in 2011.
Farmers in Iowa, the leading corn-producing state, were slowed early on by wet soils, having managed to plant only 9% of intended corn acreage by 22 April.
Dry weather last week allowed Iowa farmers to keep their planters rolling and as of 29 April, 50% of Iowa corn was in the ground.
The USDA projects that farmers will plant 95.9m acres (38.8m ha) of corn in 2012, the most since 1937.
Farmers who have completed corn planting have moved on to planting soybeans, the USDA said.
As of 29 April, farmers have planted 12% of a projected 73.9m acres of soybeans in the 18 top-producing states.
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