Last week’s good weather in much of the central and eastern Corn Belt allowed for a sharp rise in corn and soybean planting as of Sunday. According to the USDA NASS’ Weekly Crop Progress report, corn planting nationwide now stands at 49% complete while soybean planting is 30% completed nationwide. Corn planting is up 27% from last week with soybean planting 18% from last week. Although those numbers represent big jumps in planting progress; they are still behind the five year averages of 67% and 39% respectively.
The “I” states made significant planting progress last week for both corn and soybeans with Iowa 57% done on corn and 34% complete on soybeans. Illinois was 55% on corn and 38% on soybeans with Indiana 40% on corn nd 28% on soybeans. The Dakotas and Minnesota are still lagging however with Minnesota just 35% on corn and 11% on soybeans, North Dakota is just 4% planted on corn and 2% on soybeans while South Dakota is at 31% corn and 15% on soybeans.
Nationwide 14% of corn was emerged, up 9% from last week but still behind the five year average of 32% for the week ending Sunday.
Spring wheat planting progress remains slow as well. Minnesota is just 5% planted, well behind the 75% five year average. North Dakota is 17% planted, behind the five year average of 60% and South Dakota is at 78% planted, just behind the five year average of 84% done.
Winter wheat condition ratings dropped this week to just 27% good to excellent, down from last week’s 29% number. 48% of the winter wheat crop was headed nationwide as of Sunday. This week’s Wheat Quality Council tour of Kansas is likely to show just how rough some of that crop is as we enter the heading stage.
Read the full Weekly Crop Progress report here: https://downloads.usda.library.cornell.edu/usda-esmis/files/8336h188j/ng452n96t/np194f69p/prog2122.pdf