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U.S. soybean planting and emergence slows

While U.S. corn planting remains significantly ahead of average, soybean planting and emergence lags, according to the USDA's weekly Crop Progress report on May 15.

USDA indicated corn growers have planted 85% of the crop, compared to 88% a year ago, and a 77% five-year average. Also, the government reported 44% of the corn has emerged, ahead of 39% a year ago, and a 40% average.

For soybeans, 33% of the crop has been planted compared to 43% a year ago, and a 35% five-year average. USDA, in its report, indicated 9% of the soybeans have emerged, below 10% a year ago, and a 10% five-year average.

As of Sunday, 62% of the winter wheat crop was headed versus 55% a year ago and a 55% average. USDA rated the crop 38% very poor-poor, 26% fair, and 36% good/excellent.

For spring wheat, 79% has been planted, below 88% a year ago, and above a 72% average. USDA reported that 46% of the crop had emerged, sharply below 53% from a year ago, and above the 42% average.

The U.S. cotton crop is 53% planted, similar to a 54% year ago pace, and a 55% average.

While U.S. corn planting remains significantly ahead of average, soybean planting and emergence lags, according to the USDA's weekly Crop Progress report on May 15.

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