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April 27, 2021

2021 U.S. Planting Progress - Corn 17% and Soybeans 8%

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

Cold weather last week slowed down spring planting and the emergence of crops that had already been planted. Heavy rains in the Delta and southern U.S. also slowed planting progress. Planters will be rolling early this week especially in the western areas as farmers take advantage of the warmer temperatures. The forecast is calling for heavier precipitation this week across the Delta, southern and eastern Corn Belt, and the southeastern U.S. Dryer weather is expected across the western and northwestern Corn Belt.

Corn - The 2021 U.S. corn is 17% planted compared to 24% last year and 20% average. The corn emergence is 3% compared to 3% last year and 4% average. In the eastern Corn Belt, Illinois leads the way with 23% planted (28% average0, Indiana is 14% (12% average), Ohio is 8% (7% average), and Michigan is 5% (2% average).

In the western Corn Belt, Iowa is most advanced in corn planting with 20% planted (22% average), Minnesota is 18% (18% average), Nebraska is 6% (15% average), South Dakota is 4% (4% average), and North Dakota is 3% (2% average).

Soybeans - The 2021 U.S. soybeans are 8% planted compared to 7% last year and 5% average. The eastern Corn Belt is ahead in soybean planting with Illinois 18% planted (6% average), Indiana 9% (4% average), Ohio 8% (2% average), and Michigan 5% (1% average). In the western Corn Belt, Iowa is 6% planted (3% average0, Nebraska is 3% (3% average), Minnesota is 2% (1% average), and South Dakota is 1% (0% average).

Soil Moisture - The driest topsoil is in the northwestern Corn Belt with North Dakota 80% short/very short, South Dakota 62% short/very short, Iowa 34% short/very short, Minnesota 25% short/very short and Nebraska 24% short/very short.