Corn crop is slow to emerge, but outlook is hopeful

Only 10 percent of corn acres expected to see replanting. Outlook much better than expected after weeks of cold, rainy weather.

As do-overs go, it's not as bad as it could have been. Less than 10 percent of this year's already-planted corn crops will likely need to be replanted.

It’s "less than what we anticipated a couple of weeks ago," Jason Kelley, Extension wheat and feed grains specialist, said on Monday (April 22). "A lot of the growers may not be seeing perfect stands they wanted, but in most cases, the stands are acceptable."

Most of the early to mid-March planted corn took three to four weeks to emerge, instead of the normal 10 to 14 days, because of cold soils and less-than-idea air temperatures.

The Crop Report issued Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service said corn was 61 percent planted, compared with 36 percent a week ago and the 76 percent five-year average. Thirty-six percent of the corn crop had emerged, up from 16 percent the previous week.

The report also shows 1 percent of Arkansas’ cotton being planted. Sorghum was 18 percent planted, up from 6 percent in last week’s report, but compared to 87 percent last year. Rice was 23 percent planted, up from 9 percent the previous week and the crop was 4 percent emerged. Winter wheat in Arkansas was 21 percent headed, compared to 99 percent this time last year.

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