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Corn planting kicks off with a whimper -- USDA

Jeff Caldwell 04/15/2013 @ 4:03pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The cool, damp weather's got corn planting barely on the federal government's radar.

Monday saw corn planting progress atop USDA's weekly Crop Progress report, though actual progress numbers were few and far-between; As of Sunday, 1% of the Illinois crop is in the ground, 3% of the Kansas crop and 1% of Ohio's crop are in the ground.

On average, 2% of the nation's crop (taking into account 56% and 28% progress levels in Texas and North Carolina, respectively) is planted compared to the previous 5-year average of 7%.

Winter wheat conditions changed just slightly from the previous week; only 5% of that crop's in excellent shape, with 64% in either fair or good condition and 31% in very poor or poor shape, according to Monday's report. The crop's just started heading out, with just 1% of Oklahoma's crop headed and 21% of the Texas crop past that point. Nationwide, 4% of the crop's headed out compared to the previous 5-year average of 12%.

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