DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A stretch of sunny and dry weather has given Midwest farmers a good start on planting corn.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report was released Monday. It shows 13 percent of Iowa's corn crop is planted, significantly ahead of the five-year average of 3 percent planted by mid-April.
Missouri farmers have 58 percent planted, ahead of their average of 21 percent. Kansas has more than a third of the corn crop planted, compared to the average 16 percent.
Other states ahead of average are Kentucky and Minnesota. Nebraska is at 7 percent, ahead of its five-year average of 3 percent.
Planting corn early can result in an improved harvest because plants can mature to the pollination stage before summer heat stresses them.