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U.S. Corn Planting Progress Twice as Slow as a Year Ago
DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. corn planting pace is falling further and further behind, with a few Midwestern states recording no planting at all.
In its Weekly Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA rated corn planting at 3% complete vs. a 5% five-year average and 6% completion a year ago.
A year ago, Illinois, the second largest U.S. corn growing state, had 5% of its corn crop in the ground, but so far this year no corn has been planted.
Iowa, the No. 1 corn-growing state, had 3% of its crop in the ground a year ago, while none has been planted this year.
Like Iowa, Minnesota farmers have not planted any corn yet this year, while 3% was in the ground at this same time a year ago.
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Next week, the USDA will start reporting planting progress for soybeans.
USDA pegged the U.S. oat crop as 29% sowed vs. a 44% five-year average.
U.S. winter wheat crop is pegged as 31% good/excellent vs. 30% a week ago and 54% a year ago.
USDA reported that only 3% of the U.S. spring wheat has been seeded vs. a 15% five-year average.