Crop Progress Update

USDA released its weekly Crop Progress update yesterday afternoon with little fanfare as weather continued to (mostly) cooperate with growers across the Midwest.  Crops across the nation continue to progress ahead of average with corn and spring wheat planting nearly complete.
According to USDA’s weekly analysis of U.S. Crops, corn planting for the nation as a whole is now 95% complete just ahead of the five year average and consistent with trade expectations.  Emergence of the crop is further ahead, projected at 84% emerged compared to 79% on average for the last week of May.  Condition ratings held up with last week’s strong initial indications, remaining at 74% good to excellent and just 2% below last year’s record high condition of 76%.
Soybeans, while not far enough along to warrant a condition rating are 71% planted and just ahead of the 70% average.  For soybeans, wet conditions in the west and southwest have made a difference with Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska all behind average progress while the rest of the nation remains well ahead.  Emergence is rated at 49% complete compared to 45% on average.
Wheat conditions were more of a split with the more moderate, but still significant rains to the north benefitting Hard Red Spring wheat while the continuing and very heavy rains to the South were a problem.  Winter wheat conditions fell by 1% this week to 44% good to excellent, which is still better than last year at this time. However, there are problem areas developing as harvest begins to run behind.  Texas and Arkansas both reported significant declines in the state of their wheat crops.  In Texas, harvest has now fallen behind average to 15% complete compared to 19% on average with some lodging of wheat reported in the earliest maturing areas of the state.
When it comes to spring wheat, however, conditions continued to improve as the rains dried up and the sun warmed up temperatures.  Conditions for the entirety of the spring wheat crop improved by 2% on the week to 71% good to excellent.  On a local basis, 79% of ND spring wheat and 53% of South Dakota Spring wheat were in good to excellent condition