Crop Progress: Corn Planting Enters Final Stretch, Soybeans Still Far Ahead of Pace – DTN

Planting soybeans. Photo: University of Minnesota

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%.

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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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To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 90 80 87 80
Corn Emerged 64 41 61 54
Soybeans Planted 75 61 63 54
Soybeans Emerged 41 20 33 25
Cotton Planted 49 38 52 52
Winter Wheat Headed 67 53 66 69
Spring Wheat Planted 94 85 78 85
Spring Wheat Emerged 66 47 48 56
Sorghum Planted 33 27 38 37
Oats Planted 96 92 92 91
Oats Emerged 83 73 77 77
Oats Headed 24 NA 25 24
Barley Planted 91 83 84 87
Barley Emerged 64 50 59 61
Rice Planted 95 87 88 90
Rice Emerged 76 63 69 74

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Winter Wheat 5 13 35 39 8 6 13 33 41 7 5 11 30 46 8
Spring Wheat 2 12 41 41 4 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Oats 4 10 33 47 6 4 11 36 44 5 3 23 62 12
Barley 1 10 42 40 7 NA NA NA NA NA 2 31 61 6
Rice 3 26 58 13 2 24 54 20 1 2 35 51 11

Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com

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