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Corn planting still on hold in parts of country

I would look for the national corn planting progress figure this afternoon (for the week ending May 29) to be at 86 percent. If correct, that means that for the first time since 1996 we will be planting more than ten percent of the Nation's corn crop in the month of June.

For the far northwestern Corn Belt and the northern Plains, corn acreage that remains to be planted will not be seeded quickly in June, as that area is wet after weekend rains and there will be some additional rains falling over the next ten days.

Areas that still need to plant corn in the eastern Corn Belt are also still wet right now (northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio saw additional sizable rains early in the holiday weekend), but net drying that will be taking place in those areas over the next ten days will allow for corn acreage to be planted if farmers so choose to go in that direction.

For areas of the Midwest that have spring fieldwork done, the forecast is favorable as warm temperatures over the next ten days will allow the young crops to gather some growing degree day units and put on a lot of early growth.

 A dry and rather hot weather pattern for the Delta and the Southeast coming up is great for getting fieldwork done but is a bad forecast for areas that need rain (most notably southern Georgia). In the southern Plains, the holiday weekend was a sizzler as we had highs as warm as 110 degrees at Wichita Falls on Saturday. The driest areas have rain chances over the next 48 hours, but is likely not going to be anything close to the big soaker that is needed and thus the big dryland cotton crop in West Texas that still needs to be planted remains in jeopardy. In spring wheat areas of the northern Plains and the Canadian prairies, it is very wet after widespread holiday weekend rains and there will be more rain that falls over the next ten days.

The slowest spring wheat planting pace since 1986 was 73 percent done as of May 29, 1995; I think that we will come in below that figure this afternoon and it is increasingly likely that all acreage in the northern Plains and Canada that was intended to be planted this spring will not see a planter because of wet conditions.

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