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ˇ Drought Expands and Intensifies in Nearly All Top Corn Growing States
ˇ Nearly Half of the U.S. Corn Crop is in the Ground, USDA Reports
Drought Expands and Intensifies in Nearly All Top Corn Growing States
By Natalina Sents, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 5/4/2021
The drought monitor released April 29 for April 20 to 27 indicated intensifying drought conditions across many of the top corn growing states. Extreme D3 drought in North Dakota expanded further. Growers in Texas and Colorado also face more trying moisture shortages. Tennessee is the only corn growing state that did not report moisture stress in the latest drought monitor report.
Abnormally dry conditions now reach further south in Iowa. An additional 10 counties in northeast Iowa reported intensifying conditions now categorized as moderate drought. Overall, about 75% of the state reported suffering from abnormally dry conditions, or worse.
Across the Mississippi River, the western half of Illinois is moisture stressed...
Nearly Half of the U.S. Corn Crop is in the Ground, USDA Reports
Soybean Planting in Iowa and Illinois Races Forward
By Mike McGinnis, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 5/3/2021
Corn planting progress speeds ahead, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.
As of Sunday, the U.S. had 46% of the corn crop planted, above a 36% five-year average.
As of Sunday, Illinois farmers seeded 54% of this year's corn crop vs. a 49% five-year average. Iowa farmers have put 69% of their corn in the ground vs. its 45% five-year average. So far, Nebraska has planted 42% of its corn vs. a 36% five-year average. North Carolina has 79% of its corn planted...
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