Corn and soybean planting more than doubles in the past week, USDA reports
The USDA released its seventh 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 49%, compared with 67% for the previous five-year average; 14% has emerged compared with 32% for the previous five-year average.
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As of Sunday, the report has 30% of soybeans planted, compared with 39% for the previous five-year average; 9% has emerged compared with 12% for the previous five-year average.
Spring wheat planted was reported at 39% compared with 67% for the prior five-year average; 16% has emerged compared with 30% for the previous five-year average.
Winter wheat headed came in at 48% vs. the 53% five-year average. Winter wheat condition was 27% good/excellent and 41% poor/very poor. This compares with the previous year average of 48% good/excellent and 19% poor/very poor.
Oats planted was reported at 67% vs. the five-year average of 82%, and 45% of oats had emerged as of May 15, compared with 62% for the previous five-year average; 45% has emerged compared with 62% for the previous five-year average.
The report also indicated that nationwide, topsoil moisture is rated as 61% adequate and 11% surplus. The previous year was 57% adequate and 9% surplus.
“Weather looks to provide many growers an open window to get the crop planted this week, so look for a big increase in plantings next week,” says Cory Bratland, chief grain strategist and commodities broker at Kluis Commodity Advisors.
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.