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Agriculture.com Staff 05/08/2006 @ 2:30pm

After it surged ahead of a week ago, the U.S. corn planting pace remains way ahead of the five-year average, while soybean planting fell behind, according to the USDA weekly Crop Progress report.

In its report released on Monday, the USDA showed the soybean crop at 18% planted, behind a 24% level a year ago, and a 19% five-year average.

For corn, 70% of the crop was planted as of Sunday. That is behind a 75% planting pace from a year ago, but way ahead of a 64% five-year average. USDA reported 25% of the corn crop had emerged, compared to 22% a year ago, and the same five-year average.

The USDA rated the winter wheat crop as 19% very poor-poor, 19% poor, 27% fair, 29% good, and 6% excellent. As of Sunday, the crop was 53% emerged, versus 39% a year ago and a 41% average.

The U.S. spring wheat crop, with a 57% planted rating, is behind a 78% year ago pace, and a 60% average. USDA reported 23% of the crop was emerged, compared to 35% a year ago, and a 27% average.

For cotton, 44% of the crop has been planted, versus 38% a year ago, and a 41% average.

After it surged ahead of a week ago, the U.S. corn planting pace remains way ahead of the five-year average, while soybean planting fell behind, according to the USDA weekly Crop Progress report.

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