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USDA: Corn Planting Speeds Up, Still Lags Averages

Soybean seeding is ahead of its average pace.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. corn planting pace is surging forward but remains behind average. Meanwhile, soybean seeding is ahead of its average pace.

CORN

In its Weekly Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA rated corn planting at 39% complete vs. a 44% five-year average.

Illinois, the second-largest U.S. corn-growing state, has 74% of its corn crop in the ground, compared with a 56% five-year average.

Iowa, the No. 1 corn-growing state, had 40% of its corn planted as of Sunday, compared with a 48% five-year average.

Minnesota farmers have 9% planted, compared with a 44% five-year average.

USDA pegged 8% of the corn crop as emerged vs. 14% five-year average.

The states in red are behind their planting average for the last five years while the states in green are ahead. See more specifics for each state here.

SOYBEANS

In its report, USDA pegged the U.S. soybean crop as 15% planted vs. a 13% five-year average.

Iowa has 12% of its soybean crop in the ground, up slightly from an 11% five-year average. Illinois’ soybean planting pace reached 29% vs. a 12% five-year average. Minnesota farmers remain behind the most, with just 1% planted vs. the five-year average of 18%.

The states in red are behind their planting average for the last five years while the states in green are ahead. See more specifics for each state here.

WHEAT

U.S. winter wheat crop is pegged as 34% good/excellent vs. 33% a week ago.

USDA reported that only 30% of the U.S. spring wheat has been seeded vs. a 51% five-year average.

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