Harry Winston Tuesday, 05/21/19 06:26:22 PM Re: oldrogue post# 48902 Post # of 49779 The plantings had to be delayed because of the flooding in the midwest and by the unusually cold weather in many parts of the midwest. This is a quote from the first part of the first news story, which was published yesterday. I do a lot of writing on other media, and I usually include documentation of my facts and figures. It helps my credibility as a writer. Quote:DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. corn farmers have the most corn acres left to plant, on this date, than they have ever had and remain behind the trade’s expectations, as well. Corn In its Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA pegged U.S. corn planting at 49% complete, behind the 80% five-year average. The trade expected a completion rating of 53%. On this week of the planting season, the most that U.S. farmers have ever had left was 47% of the crop. In 2019, that amount is 51%, with plenty of rain in the Midwest’s forecast. As of Sunday, Iowa farmers had 70% of that state’s corn crop planted vs. a 89% five-year average. Illinois farmers have 24% of their corn seeded, behind a 89% five-year average. Indiana has 14% planted vs. a 73% five-year average. In the eastern Corn Belt, Nebraska farmers have 70% of their corn planted vs. a 86% five-year average. Also, 19% of the U.S. corn has emerged vs. a 49% five-year average.