This article was originally posted at 3:05 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 18. It was last updated at 3:52 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 18.
OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. farmers maintained their faster-than-normal corn and soybean planting pace last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.
NASS estimated that 80% of the nation's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, May 17, a gain of 13 percentage points from the previous week. That was 36 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 71%.
"Iowa led the way at 96% complete, followed by Minnesota at 95%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "North Dakota and Pennsylvania showed the only obvious problems, at 20% and 15% planted, respectively."
Forty-three percent of corn was emerged, 27 percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 40%.
Soybean planting moved ahead another 15 percentage points to reach 53% complete as of Sunday. That was 37 percentage points ahead of 16% last year and 15 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 38%.
"Again, Iowa was the planting leader at 86% finished," Hultman said. "Among major soybean-producing states, Nebraska was second at 78% and Minnesota was third at 74%. This year's problem child, North Dakota, was 9% planted."
Soybean emergence was estimated at 18% as of Sunday, ahead of both last year's 4% and the five-year average of 12%.
Spring wheat planting continued to lag behind normal. NASS estimated that 60% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, falling behind both last year's progress of 63% and the five-year average of 80%. North Dakota spring wheat was only 41% planted, down from its five-year average of 76%, Hultman noted.
Thirty percent of the spring wheat crop had emerged, ahead of 21% last year but behind the five-year average of 46%.
Meanwhile, winter wheat condition dropped for a second week in a row. NASS estimated that 52% of the nation's winter wheat was rated in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, down 1 percentage point from 53% the previous week. The current good-to-excellent rating is down from 66% a year ago.
"States with high poor-to-very-poor ratings included Colorado at 44%, Kansas at 23%, Oregon at 22% and Texas at 18%," Hultman said. "For the U.S., the current winter wheat poor-to-very-poor rating of 16% is twice the amount of last year's 8% for this time."
Winter wheat was 56% headed as of Sunday, ahead of 51% last year but behind the five-year average of 62%.
Sorghum was 32% planted, ahead of 25% last year but behind the five-year average of 34%. Oats were 86% planted, compared to 73% last year and an average of 87%. Oats emergence was at 69%, compared to 50% last year and a 70% average. Barley was 72% planted, ahead of 71% last year, but behind the five-year average of 82%.
Cotton planting was 44% complete, compared to 39% last year and a 40% average. Rice was 81% planted, ahead of 68% last year but behind the average of 84%. Rice emerged was 57%, behind the average of 68%. Rice was rated 63% in good-to-excellent condition.
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|
|Winter Wheat Headed||56||44||51||62|
|Spring Wheat Planted||60||42||63||80|
|Spring Wheat Emerged||30||16||21||46|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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