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U.S. farmers plant corn, soybeans faster than a year ago

Agriculture.com Staff 05/01/2006 @ 2:10pm

U.S. corn and soybean farmers are planting faster this year than in 2005, and winter wheat is heading at a rapid pace, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report.

As of Sunday, 52% of the U.S. corn crop was planted, ahead of 49% from a year ago and a 42% five-year average. USDA indicated 13% of the corn had emerged, compared to 12% at this time last year, and an 11% five-year average.

U.S. farmers have planted 10% of the soybean crop, slightly ahead of an 8% pace a year ago, and a 7% average.

For winter wheat, 19% was rated very poor-poor, 19% poor, 26% fair, 30% good, and just 6% excellent. USDA reported that 39% of the crop was headed, compared to 26% a week ago, and 27% a year ago.

The U.S. cotton crop was 32% planted as of Sunday, ahead of 26% a year ago, and a 27% five-year average.

U.S. corn and soybean farmers are planting faster this year than in 2005, and winter wheat is heading at a rapid pace, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report.

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