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Farmers Rush to Plant Ahead of Storms, Tweeting All the While

Corn is planted in a field outside of Henry, Illinois, on May 14

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Corn is planted in a field outside of Henry, Illinois, on May 14

Farmers planted at a breakneck pace last weekend to get seeds in the ground ahead of the storm system that brought severe weather and tornadoes on Sunday and Monday. Farmers planted a record 48.1 million acres of corn last week; by Monday, 71 percent of that crop was planted, according to a USDA report, up from just 28 percent the previous week.

Through the rush, farmers reported their progress via Twitter and Instagram, using hashtags like #plant13 or #fromthefield. Poems were posted. Packages of Girl Scout cookies eaten were documented, along with tractor accidents and many photos of farm equipment. One farmer planted for 19 hours straight. Here, a handful of the tweets that captured this year’s planting:

Hoffman is design director for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @cornfact.

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