U.S. corn planting picked up vs. a week ago, USDA reports
U.S. corn planting moves ahead of its average pace in the second week of the USDA Crop Progress Report.
As of Sunday, the U.S. had 4% of the corn crop planted, slightly above the 3% five-year average.
Next week, the USDA plans to include soybean planting progress in its weekly update.
In its report, the USDA indicated that North Dakota’s topsoil moisture is rated at just 16% with only 1% surplus. Nationwide, topsoil moisture is rated as 57% adequate and 10% surplus.
As of Sunday, Illinois farmers seeded 5% of this year’s corn crop vs. a 1% five-year average. Indiana farmers have planted 2% of their corn vs. a 1% five-year average. Iowa farmers have put 1% of their corn in the ground.
So far, North Carolina has 16% of its corn planted vs. a 12% five-year average.
As of Sunday, the USDA did not have a progress percentage to report.
In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. winter spring crop as 11% planted vs. a 6% five-year average.
The U.S. winter wheat crop is rated as 53% good/excellent, equal to a week ago.
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 report. “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. Based on standard definitions, these respondents subjectively estimate the progress of crops through various stages of development, as well as the progress of producer activities. They also provide subjective evaluations of crop conditions,” the USDA stated in its Monday report.
Most respondents complete their questionnaires 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 report.