USDA Weekly Crop Progress

Corn, Spring Wheat Planting Well Below Average Pace

(DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn planting came in at 6% this week, remaining behind the five-year average of 12%. Spring wheat planting is 5% completed, also well behind the five-year average of 22%, according to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

For the week ended Sunday, April 21, the nation's corn crop gained 3 percentage points from the previous week, but is 2 percentage points behind this time last year and is 6 percentage points behind the five-year average.

"There were notable gains in Tennessee, Kansas and Missouri -- a sign that planting is migrating slowly northward," DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman said.

Soybeans came in at 1% planted, below the five-year average of 2%. Early activity was noticed in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas

Spring wheat planting was up 3 percentage points from last week and 2 percentage points from this time last year. However, spring wheat planting is currently 17 percentage points below the five-year average. Outside of the Pacific Northwest, Montana was 10% planted and South Dakota was 2% planted.

Progress of the winter wheat crop came in at 9% headed as of Sunday, 6 percentage points lower than the same time last year and also behind the five-year average of 18%.

The condition of the winter wheat crop, on the other hand, increased 2 percentage points and is now at 62% good to excellent, well above this time last year when the condition was just 31% good to excellent. "The top producer, Kansas, showed winter wheat crops at 57% good-to-excellent. Ohio and Michigan continue to have the highest poor-to-very poor ratings at 26% and 22%, respectively," said Hultman.

Sorghum was 17% planted, compared to 23% last year and a 22% five-year average. Cotton planting was 9% complete, compared to 10% last year and a 9% average. Rice was 31% planted, compared to 47% last year and a 47% average. Eighteen percent of rice was emerged, compared to 20% last year and an average of 25%.

Oats were 36% planted as of April 21, compared to 31% last year and a 51% average. Emergence was at 18%, compared to 20% last year and a 25% average.

To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit…. 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 6 3 5 12
Soybeans Planted 1 NA 2 2
Winter Wheat Headed 9 6 12 18
Spring Wheat Planted 5 2 3 22
Cotton Planted 9 7 10 9
Sorghum Planted 17 16 23 22
Barley Planted 17 8 10 29
Barley Emerged 2 NA 2 7
Oats Planted 36 30 31 51
Oats Emerged 27 26 26 33
Rice Planted 31 26 47 47
Rice Emerged 18 13 20 25


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 2 6 30 48 14 2 7 31 48 12 15 22 32 25 6