Corn planting begins in Colorado; planting nationally falling slightly behind due to wet conditions
Corn planting progress nationally appears to have fallen slightly behind the five-year average, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With six percent of total corn acres planted by Sunday, April 16, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average and six percentage points behind the same date in 2016.
The slower pace, in large part, resulted from wet conditions across many of the 18 states that account for 92 percent of the corn acres planted.
Here in Colorado, planting had just barely gotten off the ground as of Sunday, with just one percent planted. However, that’s the normal pace for this time of year in the Centennial State, which typically trails the rest of the U.S. in planting progress.
To view the full report, click here.
Who is Colorado Corn?
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association.
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors.
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general.
See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.