USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 80% Planted; Soybeans 53% Planted

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. farmers maintained their faster-than-normal corn and soybean planting pace last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 80% of the nation's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, May 17, a gain of 13 percentage points from the previous week. That was 36 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 71%.