Minnesota, South Dakota Set Record Planting Pace

Corn SeedlingsCorn planting in the U.S. is three quarters complete according to USDA’s weekly crop progress report released Monday afternoon, well ahead of the 55% average.   Emergence was also ahead at 29% compared to the 25% average.   The news comes just as rains are beginning to move across much of the corn belt, delaying planting of remaining acres but also providing some much needed moisture to the west.
The weekly crop progress reports reflected the dry conditions of the upper Midwest and Northern Plains.  Both Minnesota and South Dakota saw record soybean planting pace through May 10th, although the rain, snow and cold temperatures over the weekend mean some of those fields may be subject to replant.  Through Sunday, Minnesota reported 70% of expected soybean acres were in the ground, smashing the previous record of 63% last seen in 2000.  South Dakota was slower at 31%, but again beating its previous record of 27% for this week back in 2000.  As a whole, the nation is reported at 31% planted compared to 20% on average.  Emergence is not reported at this time.
As for wheat, winter class conditions were able to improve a percentage point to 44% good to excellent as rains continued to fall across the southern plains.  South Dakota and Nebraska remain in basically poor shape with 41% and 31% respectively reported in poor to very poor condition.  Those same dry conditions, however should improve with the forecasts for moisture.  Hard Red Spring planting is 87% complete with 54% of the plants emerged, both well ahead of schedule.
For now, the extended outlook looks less promising. As of early this week, rains were forecasted to occur about every other to every two days over the next week with more moisture in the 10 to 14 day timeframe.