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Emerging crop issues

Corn emergence is zooming almost to the normal pace, and it's got the crop's conditions slowly improving, according to Monday's weekly USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop's emerged, just 2% off the normal pace after a long, drawn-out planting season had progress way behind normal just weeks ago. In the last week, conditions have improved slightly; As of Sunday, 70% of the crop's in good-to-excellent condition, up 1% from last week.

The soybean crop's moving along even better, USDA reported Monday. As of Sunday, 94% of that crop's planted, up 1% from a year ago. Of those beans planted, 82% have emerged. That's still off 4% from the normal pace, but up 18% from last week. Overall, 68% of the soybean crop's in good-to-excellent condition, up 1% from a week ago.

Though these numbers may make it sound like crop conditions are peachy around the Midwest, farmers say it's not exactly the case. Even in the areas where farmers were able to plant early this spring, subsequent heavy rainfall made replanting a must. And now, after another 10-day period of heavy rainfall in spots around the Corn Belt, just because acres have been planted doesn't mean the planter won't have to cross those acres again before it's too late. And, even if the young corn plants have survived recent deluges doesn't mean they're out of the woods yet.

"In south-central MN, in my area, 3 inches this afternoon, 1/2 inch last night, 3 1/2 inches 4 days ago, and all replants gone with larger wet holes now," says Marketing Talk member DodgeRam. "More rain on the way. Lots of very dirty corn fields that will not get sprayed for a long time and the corn has closed in the row."

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