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U.S. Corn Is 3% Planted, USDA Says

Iowa, Illinois have zero corn in the ground.

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

In its Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA pegged U.S. corn planting at 3% complete, behind the 5% five-year average.

As of Sunday, Kansas farmers had 6% of that state’s corn crop planted vs. a 14% five-year average. Missouri farmers have 6% of their corn seeded, behind a 15% five-year average. Texas farmers are now 57% complete with the Lone Star state’s corn planting.

With no corn planted, Iowa has a 2% completion five-year average by this week in April. Illinois has yet to record any corn seedings, while it has a 4% five-year average by this week in April.

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Corn planting progress.

In its report, the USDA pegged the U.S. spring wheat crop as 2% planted vs. a five-year average of 13%. The USDA rated the U.S. winter wheat condition as 60% good/excellent, equal to a week ago.

For the record, the USDA Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November.

The nonprobability 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.

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, e-mail, 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.

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