Slowest planting since 1984May 7th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.