April 13, 2009
U.S. corn crop under way
The U.S. corn planting is under way, the Department of Agriculture said Monday, with a small percentage of acres planted in the southern end of the corn belt.
Planting in Texas is a relatively hefty 59 percent complete, while North Carolina has 13 percent of its seeds in the ground against a five-year average of 33 percent for this week of the year.Among the 18 most important productive corn-growing states, farmers have 2 percent of their seeds in the ground against a five-year average of 6 percent for this week of the year. Many northern states, including Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, have yet to put enough seed in the ground to register on the weekly report.
The USDA said the nation's cotton crop is 8 percent planted against a five-year average of 11 percent. Sorghum is 1 percentage point behind its historic average at 23 percent planted. The rice crop is near its average with 22 percent planted against an average of 25 percent.
The winter wheat crop is ahead of its five-year average, with 9 percent headed out against an average of 6 percent for this time of year.