Slowest planting since 1984

May 7th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

corn planted   Click the image to enlarge.  The cool, wet weather has delayed planting.   As of May 5, only 12% of U.S. corn was planted, compared to an average of 47% and 69% last year.  Here in Michigan, as of 5/5 just 5% of corn was planted, compared to 43% last year.  The number 1 corn state, Iowa, was at only 8%, compared to 62% last year.  Illinois was at 7% compared to 88% last year.  Indiana is at 8%, compared to 82% last year.   Soybeans are only 2% planted this year (22% last year, 12% average).  Arkansas planted only 14% of soybeans as of 5/5 (55% last year).  Many of the same factors that caused the drought last summer are still in place (cold PDO, dry soils in the Plains) and that means there is a good chance that drought will continue to be a problem from the High Plains to California.   Here’s Midwest precipitation departure from average since 1/1.  You can see we’re up to 9″ above average in Kent and Ottawa Counties.



3 Responses to “Slowest planting since 1984”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    I was waiting for something like this. The leaves are getting closer but not out. Most trees are barely even popping leaves. The maples are pretty much out.

  2. GunLakeDeb says:

    Between the cold and the wet – yeah, I can see where crops are being planted late. I’m also sad to see that the High Plains back to CA might be in for more drought – that thirsty, THIRSTY corn is really going to deplete the aquifers…..

  3. mike[kalamazoo county] says:

    One thing to remember about a slow start in planting this year compared to 1984 is alot more acres get planted per day now vs. 1984. In 1984 we could plant between 20-40 acres of corn per day if today is a good day I will plant between 100-150 acres.
    We also have had early springs for about the past 5 years making this year seem worse. Today I try to start planting corn on 4-25 and try to finish around 5-10. In the 1970′s and 80′s our start date was between 5-1 and 5-5 and we planned on being done by memorial day.
    Chances are the crop nation wide will come real close to being planted on time.

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