USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Corn Planting Close to Complete

Brian Ethridge
By  Brian Ethridge , Marketing Editor
(DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

This article was originally posted at 3:06 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 1. It was last updated at 3:58 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 1.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- According to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report, 95% of the 2021 corn crop was planted as of Sunday, May 30, and 81% of the crop had emerged, which is well above the five-year average paces for both categories.

USDA's first good-to-excellent rating for corn this year came in at 76% -- a flattering description and even higher than the 74% rating from a year ago.

"Nebraska was given the highest good-to-excellent rating of 88%, while North Dakota was the lowest at 48%," DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman noted.

NASS estimated that 84% of the intended soybean crop was in the ground as of Sunday, May 30. That is 10 percentage points ahead of this time last year at the same time and 17 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. NASS estimated that 62% of the crop had emerged -- 20 percentage points higher than the five-year average for this time of year.

Winter wheat heading was pegged at 79%, surpassing the five-year average by 1 percentage point.

Winter wheat condition gained a percentage point this week with a 48% good-to-excellent rating. However, the current condition of the crop is still slightly below last year's rating of 51% good to excellent.

"Higher ratings this past week in Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma slightly outweighed declines in Washington, Montana and Idaho," Hultman said.

Spring wheat planting remained ahead of normal last week, at 97% complete as of Sunday, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 80%, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

As for spring wheat conditions, "43% of the crop was rated good-to-excellent, down 2 percentage points from last week and the lowest since 1988; 31% of the spring wheat crop is rated good-to-excellent in North Dakota, the same as last week," according to Hultman.

Sorghum was 41% planted, 4 percentage points behind the average.

Cotton planting was 64% complete, 1 percentage points behind the five-year average. The first good-to-excellent rating for cotton this year came in at 43% -- 1 percentage point behind the five-year average.

Rice was said to be 86% emerged. Rice condition was rated 74% good to excellent, up from 71% good to excellent the previous week.

Oats emergence was said to be at 91% Sunday, and heading was at 31%. Oats were rated 55% in good-to-excellent condition, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.

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To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 95 90 92 87
Corn Emerged 81 64 76 70
Soybeans Planted 84 75 74 67
Soybeans Emerged 62 41 50 42
Cotton Planted 64 49 64 65
Cotton Squaring 6 - 8 7
Winter Wheat Headed 79 67 76 78
Spring Wheat Planted 97 94 90 93
Spring Wheat Emerged 80 66 65 73
Sorghum Planted 41 33 48 45
Oats Emerged 91 83 85 86
Oats Headed 31 24 27 28
Barley Planted 95 91 92 94
Barley Emerged 79 64 72 76
Rice Emerged 86 76 80 83

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 1 3 20 62 14 - - - - - 1 3 22 61 13
Winter Wheat 6 13 33 40 8 5 13 35 39 8 6 13 30 43 8
Spring Wheat 4 16 37 39 4 2 12 41 41 4 1 1 18 72 8
Cotton 1 18 38 38 5 - - - - - 1 7 48 39 5
Oats 4 9 32 48 7 4 10 33 47 6 1 3 25 59 12
Barley 3 10 39 43 5 1 10 42 40 7 - 1 30 61 8
Rice - 1 25 60 14 - 3 26 58 13 - 2 29 55 14

Brian Ethridge can be reached at brian.ethridge@dtn.com

Brian Ethridge