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Corn, Soybean Plantings Fade Further Behind Averages, USDA Reports

Corn emergence is occurring at just half the average rate.

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. farmers have fallen further behind in getting this year’s corn planted.

Corn

In its Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA pegged U.S. corn planting at 23% complete, behind the 46% five-year average.

The trade expected a completion rating of 25%.

As of Sunday, Iowa farmers had 36% of that state’s corn crop planted vs. a 51% five-year average. Illinois farmers have 10% of their corn seeded, behind a 66% five-year average.

Indiana farmers have just 3% of their corn planted vs. a 35% five-year average.

Also, 6% of the U.S. corn has emerged vs. a 13% five-year average.

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Soybeans

In its report, the USDA pegged the U.S. soybean planting completion rate at 6% vs. a 14% five-year average.

Iowa has 8% of its soybean crop in the ground, while Illinois has 3% of its crop seeded vs. a 16% five-year average.

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Wheat

In its report, the USDA pegged the U.S. spring wheat crop as 22% planted vs. a five-year average of 49%.

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