USDA Crop Progress - Corn Planting Almost Catches Up to Average Pace

OMAHA (DTN) -- Farmers continued to put the pedal to the metal last week, pushing planting progress ahead another 23 percentage points and nearly catching up to the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

NASS estimated that 62% of corn was planted as of Sunday, May 13, up from 39% the previous week. Last week's planting progress lagged the five-year average pace of 63% by only 1 percentage point.

Farmers made the most progress in Minnesota where planting jumped a whopping 31 percentage points from 9% the previous week to 40% complete as of Sunday. South Dakota was the furthest behind last week with 21% of corn planted, 40 percentage points behind the five-year average of 61%. Illinois and Indiana were the furthest ahead of average with Illinois' corn crop 90% planted, 20 percentage points ahead of average, and Indiana's crop 73% planted, 21 percentage points ahead of average.

Corn emergence, at 28% Sunday, moved to slightly ahead of the average pace of 27%.

Meanwhile, soybean planting moved further ahead of the average pace. Thirty-five percent of the crop was planted as of Sunday, according to NASS, 9 percentage points ahead of the average of 26%. Ten percent of soybeans were emerged, ahead of 7% last year and also ahead of the average of 6%.

Winter wheat was 45% headed, behind last year's 61% and also behind the average of 53%. Winter wheat condition improved again slightly last week to 36% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week's rating of 34% good to excellent.

Spring wheat was 58% planted as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 67%. Fourteen percent of the crop was emerged, well behind the five-year average of 36%.

Cotton was 36% planted as of Sunday, compared to 20% last week, 31% last year and a 31% average. Rice was 83% planted, compared to 68% last week, 82% last year and 80% on average. Sixty-one percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 44% last week, 72% last year and a 63% average.

Sorghum was 32% planted as of Sunday, compared to 29% last week, 32% last year and a 33% average.

Barley was 62% planted, behind the average pace 74%. Twenty-one percent of the crop was emerged as of Sunday, compared to an average of 45%. Oats were 72% planted, compared to 56% last week, 89% last year and a 84% average. Forty-eight percent of oats were emerged, compared to 34% last week, 70% last year and a 66% average.

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