How much more corn will be planted?
By Sara Wyant
© Copyright Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc
The national corn crop is now 63 percent planted, the USDA said in its weekly planting report on Monday, compared to 87 percent planted last year and 75 percent planted over an average of the last five years. Iowa's crop is 92 percent planted as of Sunday, the USDA said. That compares to 96 percent last year and 84 percent in a five-year average.
Swollen by weeks of heavy rain and snowmelt, the Mississippi River has been breaking high-water records throughout most of the month. It is projected to crest at Vicksburg on May 19 and the crest is expected to reach New Orleans on May 23.
Over 130,000 acres in Missouri were flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers decided to open the Birds Poin-New Madrid levee on May 3. Last weekend, the Corps also opened the Morganza Spillway gates to take the pressure off the levees protecting Baton Rouge and, downstream, New Orleans and the many oil refineries in between.
About 600,000 acres of cultivated row crops are expected to be under water in Mississippi, according to a spokesman with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture. Flooded crops include winter wheat, corn, soybeans, cotton and rice.
For a map of the Lower Mississippi Crest Locations and dates:
1. New House Ag Committee taking shape
2. Organic reform
3. Vilsack exits USDA week early, Trump promises nominee 'soon'
4. Ditching WOTUS may be tough, government lawyers say
5. High court to decide where WOTUS case should be heard