USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Corn Planting Catching Up

USDA released its weekly crop progress yesterday afternoon, delayed a day due to the Memorial Day weekend.  Planting progress advanced for both corn and soybeans despite rain showers that worked their way across the cornbelt.  Corn planting as of Sunday was was 86% complete, down just 4% from the five year average of 90%.  The corn that was planted prior to this week also made solid strides in development, with 54% of the crop emerged, a leap ahead of the 19% reported a week earlier.  Average corn emergence for this time of year is 67%.

Soybean planting is 44% complete as of Sunday, up from 24% a week ago, but behind the average of 61% for this week.  The soybean crop is 14% emerged compared to the average of 30%.

Planting delays were more prevelant in the western Midwest, as both Indiana and Ohio were able to exceed their average progress for this time of year.  Weather forecasts for the coming week show continued showers through the west and central cornbelt, with rains forecasted to move through Iowa and Illinois in the coming days.

Spring wheat plantings advanced to 79% complete versus an average pace of 86% for this time of year.  Emergence was just 42% compared to the average of 66%.  Winter wheat conditions were unchanged from the prior week at 31% good/excellent with heading reported at 66% complete versus average heading progress of 72%.

In North Dakota, very little planting occurred last week as most of the state received varying amounts of rainfall, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were some areas that received lesser amounts of moisture which allowed producers to get in their fields later in the week. However, many of these areas then received precipitation over the weekend which halted fieldwork again. Statewide, on average, there were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork. The recent rains have improved pasture and hay conditions and many livestock producers will start moving their herds to pastures this week. This is especially important considering feed supplies in many areas of the state have been exhausted. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 66 adequate and 30 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 70 adequate, and 15 surplus.

Spring wheat seeding was 62 percent complete, behind last year at 100 and 81 average. Spring wheat was 27 percent emerged, behind last year at 95 and 59 average. Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 63 good, and 12 excellent. Durum wheat seeding was 53 percent complete, behind 97 for 2012 and 69 average. Durum wheat was 19 percent emerged, behind last year at 88 and 46 average.

Canola seeding was 41 percent complete, behind last year at 99 and 75 for the average. Canola was 9 percent emerged, behind last year at 82 and 43 average.

Sugarbeet planting was 89 percent complete, behind last year at 100 and 95 average. Sugarbeets emerged were at 21 percent, behind 95 a year ago and 60 average.

Corn planting advanced only 11 percentage points with 72 percent complete, behind 97 last year and 82 average. Corn emerged was 26 percent, behind 82 last year and 44 average.

Soybean planting was 33 percent complete, well behind last year at 93 and 58 average. Soybeans emerged were at 1 percent, behind 2012 at 46 and 16 average.

Dry edible bean planting was 8 percent complete, behind last year at 83 and 43 average.

Sunflower planting was 11 percent complete, behind last year at 60 and 35 average.

In South Dakota, much needed rainfall occurred across most areas of the state limiting planting activities, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office. Statewide, there were only 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies improved with 77% adequate and 12% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies also improved and rated 9% percent very short, 34% short, 52% adequate and 5% surplus. Range and pasture conditions also showed improvement with recent rain.

Winter wheat condition rated 35 percent very poor, 29 poor, 29 fair, 7 good, and 0 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was at 20 percent. Winter wheat headed showed little progress at 1 percent, behind 70 last year and 16 average. Spring wheat seeding was 100 percent complete, equal to last year’s 100 and just ahead of 98 average. Spring wheat emerged was 77 percent, behind last year at 100 and 87 average.

Corn planting was 91 percent complete, behind last year at 98 but ahead of 87 average. Fifty-two percent of corn has emerged, behind last year at 83 but ahead of 47 average.

Soybean planting advanced 20 percentage points with 48 percent complete, behind last year at 83 and close to 52 average. Soybeans were 9 percent emerged, behind last year at 44 and 17 average.

Sorghum planted was 23 percent complete, behind 2012 at 48 and 30 average. Sorghum was 1 percent emerged, behind 2012 at 16 and 7 average.

Sunflowers planted were at 6 percent, behind last year at 26 and 17 average.