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Déjá vu all over again: USDA leaves corn condition numbers unchanged

Agriculture.com Staff 06/04/2007 @ 2:54pm

Corn emergence in the 18 major U.S. corn-planting states made an almost 10% jump in the last week, according to Monday's USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report.

Right in line with trade estimates earlier Monday, the corn crop's condition was unchanged at the beginning of this week, with 78% of the crop in good to excellent shape and 21% in fair to poor condition.

The soybean crop, the condition of which was pegged this week for the first time in 2007, is almost identical to this week a year ago: Seventy-one percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition and 28% is fair to poor.

Monday's numbers indicate this year's winter wheat harvest has begun in Texas, Arkansas and California, with 10%, 26% and 19% complete as of Sunday, respectively. The crop's heading, complete in a handful of states, stands at 88% overall, slightly ahead of the previous five-year average and identical to this week last year.

The 2007 cotton crop is nearly all planted, though remains behind both last year's pace and the previous five-year average. As of Sunday, 84% of the crop was planted, compared to 91% last year and 88% from 2002 to 2006. Sorghum plantings are also slightly behind pace at 54% compared to 63% and 61% for last year and the previous five-year average, respectively.

Spring wheat plantings and rice emergence both were near completion as of Sunday, both ahead of the average pace at 96% respectively. Just over half of the nation's sunflowers are planted, slightly behind the 55% previous five-year average pace.

Corn emergence in the 18 major U.S. corn-planting states made an almost 10% jump in the last week, according to Monday's USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report.

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