Winter Wheat Crop Receives Strong Rating

The U.S. winter wheat crop receives a strong good/excellent rating while U.S. corn planting progress creeps along in southern states, according to the USDA.

In its first national Crop Progress Report Tuesday, the USDA rated the winter wheat crop as 59% good/excellent, 34% fair and just 7% poor-to-very poor. The trade expected a good/excellent rating of 58%, compared with 44% for this time last year and the five-year average of 42%.

Corn planting

For the major corn-producing states in the South, the USDA rated Mississippi farmers as 19% complete on planting, compared with a 49% five-year average. About 6% of Mississippi’s corn has emerged, as of Sunday.

Arkansas farmers have 31% of their corn planted, vs. a 36% five-year average. The razorback state has 6% corn emergence vs. a 9% average.

Kansas and Tennessee farmers are 6% completed on corn planting, ahead of 2% five-year averages. And, the USDA rated Missouri corn as 3% planted vs. a 4% five-year average.

The national report indicated that subsoil moistures are reported as 86% adequate in Iowa, 69% adequate in Indiana and 84% in Illinois.

Read the report here.


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