Bread Basket Planting Slowest Since 1995

The Machine Finder has the details:

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly report released on Monday, U.S. farmers have planted just 12% of their intended corn acreages as a result of the weather. The Iowa field office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service stated, “Temperatures dropped low enough for snowfall to be seen across much of Iowa. Records for both May snowfall and coldest daily high temperature were set in some areas.” Iowa, Reuters reports, is the nation’s top producer of corn; while corn planting progress in Iowa was up 2% from last week, it was still the slowest since 1995.

The USDA’s weekly report also reveals soybean planting was just 2% complete as of last Sunday, “tied with 1983 and 1993 for the second-slowest pace by early May.” Winter wheat crops are also feeling the effects of the weather. Although the USDA rated 32% of winter wheat crops planted to-date in “good to excellent condition,” Reuters reports seedings of spring wheat, particularly in the Plains states, are continuing to lag due to cold and wet conditions.

Last week, the USDA’s Agricultural Weather Highlights indicated the Midwest would experience rain and heavy snow as a slow-moving storm moved across the region, delaying improvements in conditions needed before crop fieldwork and planting could be done. According to the Reuters report, cold weather continues to affect crops across the U.S.

Grand Minimum indicators are late spring planting, shortens the growing season when combined with early fall frost. Spring planting has slowed, now we have to be on alert for early forest this fall. Stay Tuned!


Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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