USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn Planting Close to Complete

OMAHA (DTN) -- According to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report, 95% of the 2021 corn crop was planted as of Sunday, May 30, and 81% of the crop had emerged, which is well above the five-year average paces for both categories.

USDA's first good-to-excellent rating for corn this year came in at 76% -- a flattering description and even higher than the 74% rating from a year ago.

"Nebraska was given the highest good-to-excellent rating of 88%, while North Dakota was the lowest at 48%," DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman noted.

NASS estimated that 84% of the intended soybean crop was in the ground as of Sunday, May 30. That is 10 percentage points ahead of this time last year at the same time and 17 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. NASS estimated that 62% of the crop had emerged -- 20 percentage points higher than the five-year average for this time of year.

Winter wheat heading was pegged at 79%, surpassing the five-year average by 1 percentage point.

Winter wheat condition gained a percentage point this week with a 48% good-to-excellent rating. However, the current condition of the crop is still slightly below last year's rating of 51% good to excellent.

"Higher ratings this past week in Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma slightly outweighed declines in Washington, Montana and Idaho," Hultman said.

Spring wheat planting remained ahead of normal last week, at 97% complete as of Sunday, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 80%, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

As for spring wheat conditions, "43% of the crop was rated good-to-excellent, down 2 percentage points from last week and the lowest since 1988; 31% of the spring wheat crop is rated good-to-excellent in North Dakota, the same as last week," according to Hultman.

Sorghum was 41% planted, 4 percentage points behind the average.

Cotton planting was 64% complete, 1 percentage points behind the five-year average. The first good-to-excellent rating for cotton this year came in at 43% -- 1 percentage point behind the five-year average.

Rice was said to be 86% emerged. Rice condition was rated 74% good to excellent, up from 71% good to excellent the previous week.

Oats emergence was said to be at 91% Sunday, and heading was at 31%. Oats were rated 55% in good-to-excellent condition, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.

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