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AccuWeather: Another Historic Low as 'Billion-Dollar Disaster' Looms
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 06/10/2019

AccuWeather predicts corn planting will remain at its record-low rate when the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases its latest Crop Progress report Monday.

A new AccuWeather analysis estimates 82% of corn will be reported as planted in the 18 key U.S. corn-producing states, an historic low for the second week of June since record keeping began in 1980.

"There are a lot of variables affecting whether or not farmers plant," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "Maybe the weather this week was fine or not, or maybe farmers are thinking, 'The price isn't good enough so I'll just take the insurance.' Or, there could still be flooding -- there are just a lot of things going on."

Corn planting has been at an all-time low percentage for the last three reports and remains behind schedule in 17 of the 18 states monitored, according to the most recent Crop Progress. Soybean planting is behind in 16 of the 18 key soybean-producing states, according to the report, but there is still more time left for soybean planting to take place.

The June 2 Crop Progress report indicated just 67% of corn was planted in 18 key corn-producing states. The 2014-18 average for corn planted by June 2 is 96%.

Time has almost run out for U.S. farmers hoping to plant corn in 2019. Historical data shows that corn yield could drop at least 28% if corn is planted on or after June 10.

"If farmers don't get corn planted by the weekend, it's pretty much done because it's too late," Nicholls said. "It doesn't matter if the weather is perfect after that."

AccuWeather, recognized and documented as the most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world has saved tens of thousands of lives, prevented hundreds of thousands of injuries and tens of billions of dollars in property damage. With global headquarters in State College, PA and other offices around the world, AccuWeather serves more than 1.5 billion people daily to help them plan their lives and get more out of their day through radio, television, newspapers, smart phones, tablets, connected TVs, the AccuWeather Network and Additionally, AccuWeather produces and distributes news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. Among AccuWeather's many innovative and award-winning features available free to the public are MinuteCast Minute by Minute forecasts with Superior Accuracy. Furthermore, AccuWeather serves more than half of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of businesses globally. Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, established AccuWeather in 1962 and is considered the "father of modern commercial meteorology." Dr. Myers, a leading creative thinker and visionary, has been named "the most accurate man in weather" by The New York Times and one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.

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