AGRIBUSINESS: Corn Farmers Made Planting Progress in Last Week

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The latest report from USDA shows 28% of projected corn acres were planted as of May 12th. While that’s more than double the 12% planted by May 5th, progress is still behind the five-year average by 37 points.

National Corn Growers Association Chairman Garry Niemeyer says farmers are heading into their fields and taking advantage of every possible window to get the corn crop planted. By taking advantage of every warm day dry enough to get into the fields and using significantly more efficient technology, Niemeyer says growers can make progress not even possible just a few decades ago. For most farmers he says one week of warm, drier weather will make the crucial difference