Rains Help Winter Wheat, Delay Corn Planting in Kansas

Rains Help Winter Wheat, Delay Corn Planting in Kansas

Corn planting has recovered from some delays and sit almost at the five-year average of 18 percent, but still lags behind last year's pace of 28 percent.

U.S. growers planted 11% of their corn crop in the week to Sunday - equivalent to almost 10m acres, an area the size of Switzerland - as a break in Midwest rainfall allowed them to play catch-up after a rain-slowed starting to the planting season.

Sixty-nine percent of Iowa's oats are in the ground, a day behind average.

The most active corn contract for July delivery fell 5 cents, or 1.34 percent, to settle at 3.6675 dollars per bushel.

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The agency rated the state's winter wheat crop as 6 percent excellent, 45 percent good and 33 percent fair.

Soybeans planted was at 4%, compared to both the previous year and five-year average of 2%.

As farmers get into corn planting season, experts say growers are going to have to focus on keeping their equipment in top condition to maximize yields this year. Emerged spring wheat was 32 percent, ahead of 23 percent a year ago and an average of 19 percent. The state continued to receive some rain, with eastern counties receiving 1 to 2 inches. "A run of dry weather would be very welcome at this point as farmers are anxious to get in the fields, but it looks like rain could return later this week", Northey said. Statewide, the average temperature was 58.5 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. Subsoil moisture rated 4 percent very short, 17 short, 73 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Rainfall in Kansas is greening pastures and helping winter wheat, but delaying corn planting.

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Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 69 good, and 8 excellent.

"Cold soil temperatures and snow continued to slow fieldwork and planting progress across the state", North Dakota's report said. As of April 23, 78% of the crop had been planted.

"At 7.5mph, a 16-row corn planter can plant 36 acres and hour, while at 9.5mph it can plant 46 acres of corn per hour". Louisiana was furthest along, at 79%, followed by Texas at 65%.

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