Corn Planting Well Ahead of Last Year

Corn Planting Well Ahead of Last Year
May 9, 2012

Farmers made significant planting progress thanks to favorable weather conditions, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Above normal temperatures and limited precipitation allowed active field work and aided crop development. Corn planted jumped to near three-fourths complete with 25 percent emerged.

Corn planting advanced to 74 percent complete, well ahead of last year’s 45 percent and one week ahead of the 50 percent average. Corn emerged stood at 25 percent, well ahead of 3 percent last year and eight days ahead of 7 average.

Temperatures averaged 9 degrees above normal across the state with temperatures ranging from the mid 90’s to the low 30’s. Precipitation averaged over one inch in certain parts of the state while other parts received less than half an inch.

The following photographs were taken by Nebraska FFA Chapters, each representing the eight districts of the Nebraska Corn Board. They show the crop progress in each area and illustrate the differences in progress across Nebraska. See more photos on our online photo album.

Ag Facts
Nebraska ranks 3rd nationally in corn production
Only 13% of corn growers around the U.S.use irrigation to raise corn
Nebraska has 25 ethanol plants that use Nebraska’s corn

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