Nearly half of the U.S. corn crop is in the ground, USDA reports

Soybean planting in Iowa and Illinois races forward.

Corn planting progress speeds ahead, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.

As of Sunday, the U.S. had 46% of the corn crop planted, above a 36% five-year average.

CORN

As of Sunday, Illinois farmers seeded 54% of this year's corn crop vs. a 49% five-year average. Iowa farmers have put 69% of their corn in the ground vs. its 45% five-year average. So far, Nebraska has planted 42% of its corn vs. a 36% five-year average. North Carolina has 79% of its corn planted.

Of the total U.S. corn planted, 8% of it has emerged, below the 9% five-year average. in its report, the USDA reported that 14% of the corn in Illinois has emerged vs. a 13% five-year average. In Iowa and Nebraska, 2% of the corn in both states has emerged. 

Corn planting

SOYBEANS

As of Sunday, the USDA rated the nation's soybean crop as 24% planted vs. an 11% five-year average. Illinois farmers have 41% of their soybeans planted vs. a 14% five-year average. Indiana farmers have seeded 24% of their soybeans vs. a 11% five-year average. Nebraska's crop is 20% complete vs. a 12% five-year average.

Soybean planting

WHEAT

In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. spring crop as 49% planted vs. a 32% five-year average. The U.S. winter wheat crop is rated as 48% good/excellent, vs. 49% 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.

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