A warmer than normal March allowed corn growers to begin fieldwork in many parts of the Corn Belt. However, an unexpected blast of cold, wet weather, including snow, in early April has threatened to damage early corn in some areas in the South. Certainly field preparation and planting elsewhere may now follow.

Some early corn planting had already occurred in the central and southern Plains and the Southeast, according to USDA. By April 7, just 3 percent of the corn crop had been planted in the 18 states that account for more than 90 percent of the nation’s corn crop. That figure was the same as last year, but is running slightly behind average for the last five years.

Georgia, North Carolina and Texas are among the states that had a sizable portion of the corn crop emerging when bad weather struck. Damage assessments are under way in those states. 

Percent of Corn Planted by State                              

Colorado

1%

Kansas

2%

Kentucky

26%

Missouri

12%

N. Carolina

39%

Ohio

1%

Tennessee

47%

Texas

59%

Source: USDA, April 10, 2007