Crop Progress Report-Corn Planting Falls Behind Average Pace; Soybean Planting Pulls Ahead of Normal

OMAHA (DTN) -- Colder weather across much of the U.S. last week slowed fieldwork and caused nationwide corn planting progress to fall below the average pace, according to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

As of Sunday, April 25, farmers had planted an estimated 17% of intended corn acres, slipping to 3 percentage points behind the five-year average of 20%, according to NASS. Until then, corn planting had been running equal to slightly ahead of normal.

"Texas leads the way with 66% of corn planted, with North Carolina at 62% and Tennessee at 48% planted," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Iowa is 20% planted, Illinois is 23% and Indiana is 14% planted."

Corn emergence was also slightly behind normal, at 3% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 4%.

The colder weather appeared to have less of an impact on soybean planting last week, with that crop's planting progress moving further ahead of normal. NASS estimated that 8% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 5%. In last week's report, soybean planting was just 1 percentage point ahead of normal.

"Mississippi leads at 37% done planting soybeans, while Louisiana, at just 15%, lags well behind the 33% average," Mantini said. "Illinois is 18%, versus a 6% average, while Iowa is only 6% planted, and Arkansas is 26% done, 5 points above the average."

Spring wheat planting also continued to run ahead of normal, at 28% complete as of Sunday, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 19%. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 7%, also ahead of the five-year average of 5%.

"Spring wheat in the state of South Dakota is 63% planted compared to the average of 39%, North Dakota is 22% done versus the 10% average and Minnesota is 19% planted -- 5 points above the average," Mantini said.

Development of winter wheat, on the other hand, continued to lag the normal pace. Winter wheat heading was estimated at 17% as of Sunday, 3 percentage points behind 20% last year and 6 percentage points behind the five-year average of 23%.

Winter wheat condition fell to 49% good to excellent as of Sunday, down 4 percentage points from 53% the previous week and below last year's rating of 54%.

"That percentage of winter wheat rated poor to very poor rose from 17% to 19% this week," Mantini said. "Kansas is rated 55% good to excellent, while Oklahoma is 61%. Texas wheat is only 18% good to excellent, with poor to very poor at 43%."

Sorghum was 19% planted. Cotton planting was 12% complete. Rice was 47% planted, and 26% of the crop had emerged.

Oats were 59% planted as of April 25, and emergence was at 37%.

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