USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 90% Planted, Soybeans 75% Planted

OMAHA (DTN) -- With three-quarters of the crop seeded by the end of last week, this year's U.S. soybean planting pace remains the fastest it has been in over 12 years, according to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 75% of the intended soybean crop was in the ground as of Sunday, May 23. That is 12 percentage points ahead of 63% last year at the same time and 21 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 54%.

"Minnesota soybeans are 97% planted, Iowa is at 89% and Illinois is 80% planted," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Warmer weather across much of the nation's midsection last week also accelerated the soybean crop's emergence. An estimated 41% of the crop had emerged as of Sunday, 16 percentage points ahead of the average of 25%.

Corn planting also remained well ahead of average last week as it entered the homestretch. Planting moved ahead another 10 percentage points to reach 90% complete as of Sunday. That puts this year's planting pace 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 80%. This year's pace is just 3 percentage points ahead of 87% at the same time last year.

"Minnesota corn was 98% planted, Iowa was at 97% and Illinois was at 90%," Mantini said. "Ohio gained ground at 76% planted versus 39% a week ago."

Corn emergence continued to move further ahead of normal, reaching 64% as of Sunday, 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 54%. Current emergence is also slightly ahead of last year's pace of 61%.

The development of winter wheat moved closer to the average pace last week. Winter wheat heading was estimated at 67% as of Sunday, just 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 69%.

Winter wheat condition fell again slightly last week to 47% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 48% the previous week. The current condition of the crop is still below last year's rating of 54% good to excellent.

"Oregon wheat is rated the worst, with only 12% good to excellent and a huge 60% rated poor or very poor," Mantini said. "Texas, at 25% good to excellent with 34% very poor to poor, is the next worst. Illinois wheat is rated 84% good to excellent and leads the pack. Top-producing state Kansas has a good-to-excellent crop rating of 55%, up 1 percentage point from a week ago."

Spring wheat planting remained ahead of normal last week, at 94% complete as of Sunday, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 85%. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 66%, 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 56%.

"Minnesota spring wheat planting is 100% done, while North Dakota is 94% planted," Mantini said.

In its first spring wheat condition rating of the season, USDA estimated that 45% of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition.

Sorghum was 33% planted, 4 percentage points behind average. Cotton planting was 49% complete, 3 percentage points behind the five-year average. Rice was 95% planted, and 76% of the crop had emerged. Rice condition was rated 71% good to excellent, down from 74% good to excellent the previous week.

Oats were 96% planted as of Sunday, emergence was at 83% and heading was at 24%. Oats were rated 53% in good-to-excellent condition, up from 49% the previous week.

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