View of field of cord seedlings in springTwo-thirds of the expected 2021 corn crop is planted, while soybean farmers neared the halfway point as of Sunday, according to Monday’s USDA weekly Crop Progress report. The pace is now slightly ahead of the previous average for both crops, with farmers nearly doubling soybean planting progress in the last week while 20% of the corn crop has emerged, Monday’s data show. Corn progress is variable, however; eight of the top corn-growing states in the country still report just single-digit planting progress while farmers in other states — North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee — have more than half of their crop out of the ground. Winter wheat conditions improved slightly as spring wheat farmers have 70% of their crop planted. Overall, 38% of the winter wheat crop is heading, slightly behind the normal pace. See more from Monday’s crop report.