The 2022 crop season is off to a slow start, with planting progress similar to the very delayed season of 2019. The cool and wet month of April has not allowed planting and even pre-planting fieldwork to be accomplished on time, and current planting delays rival 2019 at this point. Due to high input costs, especially for fertilizer, the USDA expects that farmers will plant more soybeans than corn. Corn would still have a marginal advantage over soybeans in the central corn belt despite these higher fertilizer costs. Due to the delayed planting season, it is less and less likely that corn acres can gain back over soybeans because early corn planting typically encourages additional corn acres to be planted. There are exceptions like 2007, where corn gained 2.4 million acres from the March to June USDA estimates. Still, in general, soybean acres should remain higher than corn acres. As far as total acres, there is a risk of increased prevented planting (PP) claims due to the slow planting progress and weather forecast showing cooler and wetter conditions into mid-May. Higher commodity prices encourage farmers to use PP as a last resort instead of a way to take off risk and not plant.