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Corn planting increases to 4% and soybeans to 1%, USDA says

The USDA released its third 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 4%, compared with 6% for the previous five-year average.

Corn Planting Progress 4.18.22


As of Sunday, the report pegged soybeans planted at 1%, compared with 2% for the previous five-year average.

Soybean Planting Progress 4.18.22


Spring wheat planted was reported at 8% compared with 9% for the prior five-year average.

Winter wheat came in at 7% vs. the 12% five-year average. Winter wheat condition was 30% good/excellent and 37% poor/very poor. This compares with the previous year average of 53% good/excellent and 17% poor/very poor. 


Oats planted was reported at 34% vs. the five-year average of 39%, and 24% of oats had emerged as of April 17, which was 4% less than the five-year average.

The report also indicated that nationwide, topsoil moisture is rated as 48% adequate and 16% surplus. The previous year was 61% adequate and 8% surplus.

“The weekly Crop Progress report showed 4% of the U.S. corn is planted,” says analyst Cory Bratland. “Only 1% of the U.S. soybeans are planted, and 8% of the U.S. spring wheat is seeded. Also, 30% of the nation’s winter wheat is rated good/excellent. We are off to a slow start, and with the weather forecast looking cold and wet, grain prices will likely stay supported.”

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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