(UNDATED)--There aren’t too many safe bets in farming, but one thing that’s certain is area producers are far behind with their planting.   

The latest Agriculture Department numbers show corn planting is almost a month behind last year and 18 days behind normal. The corn that has emerged is more than a week behind the usual pace.

Meanwhile, the winter wheat crop was rated as 33 days behind last year and 17 days behind normal. Producers in western and northern parts of Missouri were held back by up to five inches of snow last week.

The northeast part of Missouri has averaged the most precipitation in the last month – a little over nine inches for the region.