USDA: Nebraska at 81% corn planted, U.S. at 58%

(Spike Jordan/Omaha World-Herald News Service) The rain and water-logged ground continues to challenge farmers trying to get their crops in the ground.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), farmers in the top 18 corn-producing states are only 58 percent finished with their corn planting as of Sunday.

That’s well behind the 2018 and five-year average of 90 percent.

Nebraska is ahead of much of the corn belt with 81 percent of corn planted. That’s still 14 percent behind last year’s pace.

The eastern corn belt has been especially behind with planting. NASS reports that Illinois is just 35 percent complete. Indiana is at just 22 percent.