One year ago, we were on pace for a record breaking planting season. It is now the mid-point of April, and we are still awaiting reports of significant corn planting in the corn belt. Many states are reporting less that 1% corn acres planted. Nationally, the corn crop is only 2% planted, well behind the 16% of 2012, and significantly behind the 7% of the 5-year average. Soybean progress is not even being reported yet. The chart below illustrates the difference from last year and the 5-year average, compared to the reports issued for the week ending April 14, 2013.