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USDA crop report shows corn planting near completion

Agriculture.com Staff 05/30/2006 @ 3:00pm

While the U.S. soybean crop is progressing at the same level, corn emergence is slightly ahead of a year ago, according to the USDA weekly Crop Progress report released on May 30.

For corn, 70% of the crop was rated good to excellent, up from 66% a week ago. The rest of the corn was rated 25% fair and 5% very poor-poor. As of Sunday, the corn crop was 97% planted and 85% emerged. A year ago, 98% of the crop was planted and 83% had emerged.

USDA, in its report, indicated that 79% of the crop was planted, the same as a year ago. Soybean emergence, at 42% is behind a 47% level from a year ago.

For winter wheat, 46% of the crop is rated very poor-poor, 26% fair, and 28% good/excellent. The USDA indicated that 79% of the crop was headed, slightly ahead of a 78% average from a year ago.

The U.S. spring wheat crop is 97% planted, equal to a year ago. The crop was rated 73% good/excellent, 23% fair, and 4% very-poor to poor.

USDA reported 85% of the cotton crop is planted, slightly ahead of an 81% average from a year ago. Just 4% of the crop is squaring, compared to 5% a year ago.

While the U.S. soybean crop is progressing at the same level, corn emergence is slightly ahead of a year ago, according to the USDA weekly Crop Progress report released on May 30.

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