Corn Belt will likely see planting delays, according to one USDA expert

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey is concerned about planting in the northern Corn Belt.

Corn planting progress nationwide is two percent complete, according to the USDA’s first Crop Progress Report of the year.
While that is in line with the average pace, Rippey fears that the region will see delays this planting season due to winter weather.

“We’re inevitably going to see some delays in parts of the north because we have snow that has been on the ground since November. We haven’t seen any 40-degree days to speak of in parts of North Dakota since November. It’s going to be a late season there no matter what,” he explains.

The report shows five states including Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas all have corn in the ground.