Corn futures at midday are trading around 3 cents higher, after being as much as 7 3/4 cents higher earlier in the day. After the close last night, the USDA showed the national planting progress was 30% completed, well ahead of the five year average of 16%. Progress in Illinois (42% finished), Iowa (40%), Minnesota (45%) and Missouri (81%) is sharply ahead of the five year average pace for each state. There was 5% of the national crop emerged as of Sunday night, just 1 point ahead of the average pace. Emergence in Missouri at 24% is 14 points ahead of the average pace. Chinese customs data showed ethanol imports more than doubling in March from February, with nearly all of the fuel from the United States. The average US export offer on Monday was $170/ton, $6/ton below the average Brazilian offer and $8/ton below the average Argentinean offer.