USDA Issues Planting Progress, Crop Condition Update

The USDA says 65% of this year’s U.S. corn crop is in good to excellent condition. That’s the first official national rating of this growing season. It’s also down 7% from this time last year and lower than what many analysts were expecting.

Weather over the last couple of months has varied widely and has shown some signs of improvement in parts of the Midwest, but wet conditions and cool temperatures during planting in some key U.S. growing areas have definitely had an impact.

As of Sunday, 91% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to the five year average of 93%, and 73% has emerged, compared to 75% on average. 67% of soybeans are planted, compared to 68% typically this time of year, and 37% has emerged, compared to 40% usually in late May.

50% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, 2% less than last week, and 80% has headed, a little faster than average.

96% of spring wheat is planted and 79% has emerged, both ahead of normal, and in its first rating of the season, 62% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 17% from last year.

63% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, up 1% from a week ago.

Source: AgriMarketing

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