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72% of corn planted with soybeans at 50%, USDA says

The USDA released its eighth Crop Progress report Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale.


As of Sunday, the report pegged corn planted at 72%, compared with 79% for the previous five-year average; 39% has emerged compared with 51% for the previous five-year average.

Corn progress map May 22, 2022


As of Sunday, the report has 50% of soybeans planted, compared with 55% for the previous five-year average; 21% has emerged compared with 26% for the previous five-year average.

Soybean progress map May 22, 2022


Spring wheat planted was reported at 49% compared with 83% for the prior five-year average; 29% has emerged compared with 50% for the previous five-year average.

"Some spring wheat farmers may now choose to file Prevent Plant rather than plant this late, especially if the mid-week rain hits that area again," says Al Kluis, Kluis Commodity Advisors.

Winter wheat headed came in at 63% vs. the 65% five-year average. Winter wheat condition was 28% good/excellent and 40% poor/very poor. This compares with the previous year average of 47% good/excellent and 18% poor/very poor. 


Oats planted was reported at 77% vs. the five-year average of 90%, and 58% of oats had emerged as of May 22, compared with 74% for the previous five-year average. Oat condition was 45% good/excellent and 26% poor/very poor. This compares to the previous year average of 53% good/excellent and 14% poor/very poor.


The report also indicated that nationwide, topsoil moisture is rated as 57% adequate and 12% surplus. The previous year was 58% adequate and 10% surplus.

About the report: Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA. The non-probability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Most respondents complete the questionnaire on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the Crop Progress Report.

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