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Planting Still Lags 5-year Average


Heavy rainfall and cold temperatures in parts of the U.S. last week kept corn and soybean planting slower than normal.

As of Sunday, the USDA says 47% of this year’s corn crop is planted, compared to 61% a year ago and the five year average of 52%. 15% has emerged, compared to 19% on average.

14% of soybeans are planted, compared to 21% last year and the usual pace of 17%.

Weather also damaged some of this year’s U.S. winter wheat crop, with 53% rated now good to excellent, down 1% on the week. 50% of winter wheat has headed, compared to 46% on average.

54% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 60% on average, and 21% has emerged, compared to 29% typically this time of year.

63% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, 2% more than a year ago, and most of the U.S. has adequate to surplus soil moisture.

Source: Brownfield Ag News

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