USDA Weekly Crop Progress

Corn Planting Leaps Ahead

Anthony Greder
By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
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OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn planting progress leapt ahead last week, putting this year's pace ahead of the five-year average, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 27% of this year's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, April 26, a gain of 20 percentage points last week from 7% at the end of the previous week. That puts this year's progress well ahead of last year's 12% and also 7 points ahead of the five-year average of 20%.

The trade was expecting corn to be 22%-26% planted, said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Notable corn-planting progress was seen in Illinois at 37% versus 31% average; Iowa at 39% versus 20% average and up 37 points for the week; Nebraska at 20% planted versus a 16% average and up 18 percentage points last week; and Minnesota at 40% done versus a 19% average and up 39 percentage points last week, Mantini said.

In its first corn emergence report of the season, NASS estimated that 3% of the crop had emerged as of Sunday, slightly ahead of 2% last year but slightly behind the average pace of 4%.

Soybean planting also moved ahead last week, but at a slower pace than corn planting. NASS estimated that, as of Sunday, 8% of the intended soybean crop was planted, up 6 percentage points from 2% at the end of the previous week. Like corn, this year's soybean planting progress is ahead of both last year's place of 2% and the five-year average of 4%.

Traders has been expecting soybeans to be 6%-9% planted, Mantini said.

Spring wheat planting, on the other hand, continued to run well behind the average pace. Fourteen percent of spring wheat was planted of Sunday, ahead of 11% last year but well behind the five-year average of 29%. Four percent of spring wheat was emerged, equal to last year's pace but behind the five-year average of 7%.

Meanwhile, winter wheat conditions took another hit last week. NASS estimated that 54% of the nation's winter wheat was rated in good-to-excellent condition, down 3 percentage points from 57% the previous week. That followed a 5-percentage-point drop in the previous week's report. The current rating is also below the average of 64% good to excellent. Poor-to-very poor ratings rose to 15% from 13% last week and above 8% last year.

Notable state winter wheat good-to-excellent ratings were Kansas at 40%, Nebraska at 64%, Oklahoma at 62% and Texas at 57%, Mantini noted.

Winter wheat was 21% headed as of Sunday versus a five-year average of 25%.

Sorghum was 20% planted, slightly ahead of 19% last year but behind the five-year average of 23%. Oats were 54% planted, compared to 41% last year and a 56% average. Oats emergence was at 32%, compared to 30% last year and a 37% average. Barley was 24% planted, slightly behind 25% last year, and well behind the five-year average of 36%.

Cotton planting was 13% complete, compared to 10% last year and an 11% average. Rice was 39% planted, ahead of 36% last year but behind the average of 53%. Rice emerged was 23%, slightly behind the average of 34%.

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
Corn Planted2771220
Corn Emerged3NA24
Soybeans Planted8224
Winter Wheat Headed21141625
Spring Wheat Planted1471129
Spring Wheat Emerged4NA47
Cotton Planted13111011
Sorghum Planted20191923
Barley Planted24162536
Barley Emerged83511
Oats Planted54394156
Oats Emerged32263037
Rice Planted39303653
Rice Emerged23182434


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat41131477 4930507 26284915

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