With more rain, planting lags behind average

2017-04-13T10:18:00Z With more rain, planting lags behind average Illinois Farmer Today
April 13, 2017 10:18 am

Rain continues to delay planting of corn throughout the region, according to the April 10 USDA Crop Progress report.

Temperatures averaged 54.2 degrees, 3.5 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.56 inches statewide, 0.89 inches above normal.

Corn planting for the state of Missouri was 5 percent complete, 16 percentage points behind the previous year and 7 percentage points behind the five-year average.

Northwest: Jason Hull

We were drying out over the weekend, then got hit with some popup showers last night (Sunday, April 9). We got two-tenths. We’ve got rain chances later in the week. I don’t think there’s been really any corn at all planted in our area.

North Central: Zane Jones

We missed the rain Sunday night (April 9). If we get a week of good weather, I hope I have to eat my words about planting corn before the 15th. It’s really wet, most of the creeks were out the end of last week. Still nothing planted in the area that I know of.

Northeast: Joshlin Yoder

Two inches of rain at the beginning of the week kept everybody out of the field. Very, very few acres of corn have been planted.

West Central: Jeff Knipmeyer

More rain fell early last week, and Thursday (April 6) we finally saw the sun. The weekend helped dry out fields quite a bit in most areas, but not enough to start planting. It will be a busy week if we miss some showers and fields stay dry. We look to see some planters going early to mid-week.

Central: Brian Lehman

The sun came out April 7, and we started to see fertilizer go out on pastures and hay ground as grass is starting to grow. Started to see more wheat fields get another round of nitrogen. Should start to see some fieldwork and spraying start this week.

East Central: Ricky Schwendemann

This past week started off wet again with about 2.5 inches of rain, but a warm windy weekend really dried things out. I would not be surprised to see some planters in the ground this coming week.

Southwest: Nolan Kleiboeker

We’ve had a little better week this week to get things done, at least the last half of the week. Corn planting kind of got started Friday and Saturday (April 7-8). There was a little bit of corn planted March 20, but there hadn’t been any since then. The pastures are growing. The rotational grazers have been able to move them through the paddocks. The guys have been trying to spray, but it’s been pretty windy.

Southeast: Laura Collins

People are picking up the pace in our area on corn and rice planting. We started rice yesterday evening (Saturday, April 8) and began corn this afternoon (Sunday, April 9).

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