One survey of traders prior to the May 3rd planting progress report from USDA put the average of expectations for the corn crop at 49% planted as of Sunday, with soybean planting at 11%. That corn number proved too low as the Monday report pegged planting progress at 55%, flying past last week’s 19% and leaping over the 5 year average of 38%.
Indiana planting is still lagging, but it did jump from 3% last week to 21%. Hoosier farmers are now slightly ahead of last year’s pace but 14 points below the 5 year average pace.
The soybean planted acres in Indiana are now at 4%, well behind the national pace of 13%.
From Indiana NASS:
Spring Planting is in Full Force — A warm, dry week pushed spring planting in full force for most of the State during the week ending May 3, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Sparse rain made fields accessible for corn and soybean spring planting. There were 4.7 days suitable for the week. Farmers made significant progress in fieldwork from the warm weather. Temperatures remained below normal, but the wind over the past week has helped to reduce the excess soil moisture.
Regionally, winter wheat jointed was 40% complete in the North, 49% in Central, and 72% in the South. Winter wheat has not yet headed in the North, but was 3% at that stage in Central Indiana and 5% in the South. By region, corn was 30% planted in the North, 13% in Central, and 19% in the South. By region, soybeans planted was 6% completed in the North, 4% in Central, and 2% in the South.
The warm temperatures stimulated wheat growth, pasture recovery and crop germination. Farmers took advantage of the excellent weather to get out into the fields to till and plant. Ponding and flood areas are beginning to recede, although many fields in the central region of the state are still very wet. Pastures are looking lush and well, keeping the livestock healthy. Burn down of weeds and cover crops continued as the weather permitted. Other activities for the week included applying herbicides and fertilizer, tilling, and clearing fence rows.