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Opportunity knocks for Iowa cattle industry

Agriculture.com Staff 06/05/2006 @ 3:36pm

The U.S. corn and soybean crops have been put in the ground quickly and their growing progress is rated as very good, according to the June 5 USDA Crop Progress report.

For corn, USDA rated the crop 71% good/excellent, 24% fair, and 5% very-poor to poor. Corn emergence, at 94%, is occuring at the same rate as a year ago.

Soybeans were rated 70% good/excellent, 25% fair, and 5% very-poor to poor. As of Sunday, the crop was 89% planted, the same as a year ago. USDA reported 70% of the crop had emerged, slightly ahead of 67% a year ago, and sharply higher than the 58% average.

For winter wheat, 27% was rated good/excellent, 25% fair, and 48% very-poor to poor. USDA reported 9% of the crop harvested compared to 3% a year ago. Also, 88% of the winter wheat is headed, slightly ahead of 86% a year ago and 84% on average.

For spring wheat, 97% of the crop has emerged, ahead of 95% from a year ago.

USDA, in its report, rated cotton as 43% good/excellent, 36% fair, and 21% very poor-poor. The cotton crop is 93% planted, above 89% from a year ago, and a 88% average. Also, 8% of the crop was squaring, behind 9% a year ago.

The U.S. corn and soybean crops have been put in the ground quickly and their growing progress is rated as very good, according to the June 5 USDA Crop Progress report.

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