IEM Daily Feature
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Very Productive Week

Posted: 17 May 2022 05:30 AM

The USDA released their weekly crop progress update on Monday and estimated a very productive past week for corn planting over much of the country. The featured chart presents the weekly change in absolute percentage points of estimated corn acres planted. The y-axis labels show the max weekly change value for each year. The 43% shown this past week for Iowa is about in line with productive weeks over the period of record. While planters have certainly gotten bigger and can be pulled faster than ever before, there are far fewer farmers these days so the end result is not much change in overall planting speed. Climate change has also not helped by reducing the number of days during the spring season amenable to planting.

Good = 11
Bad = 2

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