USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn, Soybean Planting Move Further Ahead of Average Pace

OMAHA (DTN) -- Mostly favorable weather across much of the U.S. last week allowed farmers to push corn and soybean planting progress further ahead of the five-year averages for both crops, according to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.


Corn planting progress saw another significant jump last week -- 21 percentage points -- to reach 67% complete as of Sunday, May 9. That puts this year's planting pace 15 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 52% and further ahead of average than the previous week when planting was running 10 percentage points ahead of average.

"Iowa corn is 86% planted, Minnesota is at 85% and Illinois is at 67%," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.


"Eastern Corn Belt states are lagging, with Ohio at 27%, Pennsylvania at 33% and Indiana at 46% planted."


Corn emergence also moved ahead of average for the first time this growing season, with 20% of the crop emerged as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 19%.


Like with corn, soybean planting also pulled further ahead of the average pace last week. NASS estimated that 42% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, 20 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 22%. That is further ahead of average than the previous week when planting was running 13 percentage points ahead of average.


"Nationwide, soybean planting is off to the fastest start in at least 12 years," Mantini said. "Iowa soybeans are 67% planted versus the average of 30%, Illinois is at 57% compared to 25%, and Minnesota is 65% planted -- 40 points ahead of the average pace."


Ten percent of planted soybeans had emerged, 6 percentage points ahead of the average of 4%.


Spring wheat planting also remained well ahead of normal last week, at 70% complete as of Sunday, 19 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 51%. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 29%, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 20%.


"North Dakota, last year's largest spring wheat producer, is 66% planted compared to the average of 42%, and Minnesota is 97% planted versus the average of 52%, while Montana planting is close to the average pace," Mantini said.


Meanwhile, development of winter wheat continued to trail the normal pace. Winter wheat heading was estimated at 38% as of Sunday, just 4 percentage points behind last year's 42% but 8 percentage points behind the five-year average of 46%.


Winter wheat condition improved to 49% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 48% the previous week but still below last year's rating of 53%.


"The latest rating is roughly in the middle of where winter wheat crop ratings have fallen the past 12 years," Mantini said. "Fifty-three percent of the wheat crop in Kansas is rated good to excellent, down 2 points from a week ago."


Sorghum was 22% planted, 6 percentage points ahead of average. Cotton planting was 25% complete, 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Rice was 74% planted, and 52% of the crop had emerged.


Oats were 85% planted as of Sunday, and emergence was at 60%, both ahead of average.




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