It was a race to beat the rain last week, as U.S. farmers worked to get corn and soybeans planted.
And they definitely worked – as of Monday, about 71 percent of the U.S. corn crop was planted. This is up from just 32 percent at the same time last year. About 24 percent of the soybean crop has been planted, according to a report released by the USDA Monday.
The percentage of plants already breaking ground also is up this year at 32 percent compared to only 6 percent last year.
Some interesting items:
- North Carolina has the highest percentage of its corn crop planted at 93 percent. They also have the highest percentage of emerged corn at 75 percent.
- Louisiana has the highest percentage of its soybean crop planted at 64 percent, with 31 percent of plants emerged.
For the complete report and other crops including peanuts, rice, winter wheat and cotton, click here.
And what about the rain? Well, if you live in Michigan, you know all about it.