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Mid-June crop update: corn and soybeans ahead of schedule

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Even though it has been a mostly dry month of June, corn and soybean crops are still ahead of schedule for 2020.

As of June 17, we’ve picked up 0.67 inches of rain in South Bend. This puts us 1.55 inches behind normal rainfall for the month so far.

With these dry conditions, there’s been plenty of time for farmers to finish planting and other fieldwork. Not only are crops ahead of where they were last year, but they are also ahead of the five-year average for emerged crop.

Here is the latest report for corn in Indiana. 94% of corn is emerged, up from 54% this time in 2019. We are also ahead of the five-year average for mid-June, which is 86%. In the graph, the orange line represents 2020, gray is the five-year average, and blue is 2019.

Indiana corn emerged USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

There is a similar story for Michigan crops. 96% of corn has been planted so far in 2020, and 85% of it has emerged in the state. These statistics are both above the five-year average.

Michigan corn planted USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

Soybeans are also doing well in both states. In Indiana, 85% of soybeans have emerged by mid-June.

Indiana soybeans emerged USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

In Michigan, 95% of soybeans have been planted and 84% of them have emerged.

Michigan soybeans planted USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

In June 2019, we had one extreme with excess rainfall. This year, the opposite, with almost no rain. For now, it seems staying dry has been better for crops, as they are ahead of schedule.

Later this season, we’ll see if the lack of rain will have any other impact on crops besides emerging earlier than average this June.


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