Crop Progress & Rain Fall

April 16, 2013

Monday April 15, 2013 USDA released the first numbers on corn planting around the nation in the weekly Crop Progress summary.

Corn Planting Progress
                    Apr 15    5yr/avg
National            2%     7%
Illinois                1%    12%
Iowa                   0%     3%
Nebraska          0%     2%
Minnesota         0%     2%
Inidiana          < 1%     6%

The state statisticians from Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Indiana provide audio commentary on regional conditions each Tuesday during our Closing Market Report.

Other items  in the crop progress reports; Iowa received 2.9 inches of rainfall last week., and Nebraska 1.3 inches; it snowed across Minnesota. Expected 3 day rain totals this week (Tuesday-Thursday) in parts of  Illinois and Iowa exceed 3 inches. See for yourself in the photo or on NOAA's website.

Yesterday Iowa State's Elwynn Taylor tweeted: "IA now exceeds the 100-yr ave for “winter” season precip. Drought ended in SE but still more needed elsewhere." If you are a twitter user you can follow him @ElwynnTaylor. You can follow Todd Gleason @CommodityWeek