10 stories about planting progress across the country

The official start of summer is almost here, and planting has been going on in the United States for a while. We look at how things are going from the southeast and across the country. From region to region, climate variables influence progress.

In the Southeast, cotton moved into high gear last month and forecasts are positive for crop success in North Carolina and Georgia. Extension economist John Robinson looked at the WASDE and said it wasn’t a surprising choice, but he estimated the area would be much higher than forecasts of 10.67 million planted hectares – probably around 11 million at harvest time.

However, because the land and elevations were so diverse, precipitation varied throughout the rest of the country. Oklahoma and Texas were dry and eagerly awaiting rain. Farmers in the United States planned around the lack of irrigation and well water. Analysts suggested growing semicircles of peanuts instead of whole ones to make efficient use of the water supply. Sorghum in Texas is generally doing well, but prices are not on the high side, so farmers are expecting higher yields this year.

Crops are picking up in Pennsylvania amid a fair amount of moisture, and corn started emerging in the middle of last month. The Midwest, Michigan and Ohio are also leading the crop, while Kansas is seeing a lot of variation in wheat progress across the state.

In New York, subsequent cool temperatures and heavy rain halted corn plantings, but winter wheat is already well underway. And to the west, in California, almonds saw a slight decline to 1.373 million hectares, a decrease of about 600 hectares. Not a big change, but this was the first crop decline in the Golden State in the last thirty years.

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