U.S. Farmers Have 2% of the 2019 Corn Crop Planted
DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. farmers have 2% of the 2019 corn crop planted, according to the USDA’s Crop Progress Report Monday.
This week’s corn planting pace equals the U.S. five-year average and the year-ago total.
As of Sunday, Kansas farmers had 2% of that state’s corn crop planted vs. a 6% five-year average. Missouri farmers have 2% of their corn seeded, behind a 5% five-year average. Texas farmers are now 58% complete with the Lone Star state’s corn planting.
In its report, the USDA pegged the U.S. spring wheat crop as 1% planted vs. a five-year average.
The USDA rated the U.S. winter wheat condition as 60% good/excellent vs. a 56% rating 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, according to the USDA report.
“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,” according to the USDA 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, 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,” the USDA stated in the Monday report.