USDA Weekly Crop Progress - First Corn Planting Report of Season Shows 3% of Crop Planted Nationwide

OMAHA (DTN) -- In its first corn planting report of the season, USDA NASS estimated 3% of the nation's crop had been planted as of Sunday, April 12.

So far, at least, that matches last year's progress at the same time and is near the five-year average of 4%.

In another first-of-the-season report, NASS estimated 6% of winter wheat was headed, slightly ahead of 5% last year and slightly behind the five-year average of 7%.

Winter wheat's good-to-excellent condition rating, meanwhile, remained unchanged from the previous week at 62%. However, the crop's poor-to-very-poor rating was up 1 percentage point from 9% the previous week to 10% last week.

Progress of other crops in NASS' weekly report was running near to just slightly ahead or behind the average pace last week.

Sorghum was 18% planted, compared to 15% last year and a 17% five-year average. Oats were 32% planted as of April 12, compared to 29% last year and a 36% average. Oats emergence was at 24%, compared to 26% last year and a 27% average. Barley was 12% planted, ahead of 6% last year, but behind the five-year average of 15%.

Cotton planting was 9% complete, compared to 7% last year and a 6 average. Rice was 21% planted, compared to 24% last year and a 31% average. Rice emerged was 15%, slightly ahead of the average of 13%.

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