USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - US Corn Planting Passes Halfway Mark

May 4, 2020

OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA NASS' Crop Progress report on Monday was a tale of two planting situations, with row-crop planting jumping ahead of the five-year average and spring wheat planting continuing to lag behind the normal pace.

 

Corn planting progress jumped ahead another 24 percentage points last week to reach 51% complete as of Sunday, May 3. That was 30 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 12 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 39%

 

"Seventy-eight percent of Iowa's corn and 78% of Minnesota's corn was planted, well ahead of their typical paces," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "Nebraska is 61% planted and Illinois is at 56%."

 

Corn emerged was 8%, ahead of the 5% last year but slightly behind the average pace of 10%.

Soybean planting also picked up speed last week, moving ahead 15 percentage points to reach 23% complete as of Sunday. That is well ahead of 5% last year and 12 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 11%. Iowa and Illinois were 46% and 31% planted, respectively, Hultman noted.

 

In contrast to row-crop planting, spring wheat planting continued to run well behind its average pace. Twenty-nine percent of spring wheat was planted as of Sunday, ahead of 19% last year but still 14 percentage points behind the five-year average of 43%.

 

"The slowest spring wheat planting progress is in North Dakota where 15% of the crop is planted," Hultman said.

 

Six percent of the spring wheat crop had emerged, down from the five-year average of 16%.

Winter wheat conditions stabilized after two previous weeks of dropping. NASS estimated that 55% of the nation's winter wheat was rated in good-to-excellent condition, up 1 percentage point from 54% the previous week. That followed a 3-percentage-point drop in the previous week's report. The current good-to-excellent rating is below 64% a year ago.

 

"Kansas winter wheat was at 42% good to excellent, up from 40% last week," Hultman said.

 

"Colorado had the highest amount of very poor wheat, at 15%, due to drought."

 

Winter wheat was 21% headed as of Sunday versus a five-year average of 25%.

Sorghum was 22% planted, slightly ahead of 21% last year but behind the five-year average of 26%. Oats were 67% planted, compared to 48% last year and a 67% average. Oats emergence was at 44%, compared to 35% last year and a 47% average. Barley was 41% planted, ahead of 34% last year, but well behind the five-year average of 50%.

 

Cotton planting was 18% complete, compared to 16% last year and a 17% average. Rice was 49% planted, ahead of 45% last year but behind the average of 64%. Rice emerged was 32%, behind the average of 45%.

 

 

 

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