Corn planting progress is slowly catching up to last year’s outstanding pace, with 86 percent of corn planted in the top 18 producing states, compared to 97 percent in 2010. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress Report, released May 31, indicates an improvement of seven percentage points from last week’s report but nine percentage points behind the five-year average.

Iowa (99 percent), Kansas (97 percent), Nebraska (97 percent) North Carolina (100 percent), and Texas (98 percent) reported the higher percentages of planted corn.  Wet conditions continue to slow progress in Ohio, where 19 percent of the corn has been planted.  Other states struggling against Mother Nature include Indiana (59 percent), Michigan (67 percent) and Pennsylvania (61 percent).

The USDA reports that 66 percent of the corn has emerged, compared to the five-year average of 78 percent. It is also an improvement of 21 percentage points from last week.  Iowa (90 percent), Missouri (86 percent), North Carolina (96 percent), Tennessee (82 percent) and Texas (88 percent) reported the five highest percentages of emerged corn. Minnesota (54 percent) saw the great improvement from last week’s report.

Ninety-four percent of the corn is reported in fair to excellent condition, compared to 96 reported in the same conditions last year. Kentucky (18 percent) and Illinois (17 percent) reported the higher percentages of crops in excellent condition. Despite being 98 percent completed with corn planting, Texas crops were in the worst condition of all the states, with 31 percent reported in poor to very poor conditions. Ohio’s corn planting may be far behind the national average; however, 81 percent of its corn was reported in fair to excellent condition.

Planting progress: Corn at 86%, soybeans 51%

As for soybeans, USDA reports that 51 percent of the crop has been planted in the top 18 producing states, compared to the five-year average of 71 percent. This is an improvement of 10 percentage points from last week’s report.

Louisiana remains at the top of the planting progress with 90 percent of soybeans planted. Iowa (87 percent), Mississippi (89 percent) and Nebraska (78 percent) also reported higher percentages of planted soybeans. Wisconsin (50 percent) reported an increase of 25 percentage points from last week’s report, the greatest improvement reported.

Similar to its corn planting progress, Ohio continues to lag behind the rest of the state with only seven percent of soybeans in the ground.  Other states struggling include Indiana (25 percent) and Kentucky (19 percent).

Nationally 27 percent of soybeans have emerged, compared to last week’s report of 12 percent. This is still 12 percentage points below the five-year average. Iowa (52 percent), Louisiana (87 percent), Mississippi (80 percent) and Nebraska (43 percent) reported the highest percentages of emerged soybeans. Indiana (13 percent), Kentucky (9 percent), North Dakota (1 percent), Ohio (3 percent), and South Dakota (8 percent) saw the lowest percentages of soybeans that have emerged.

Planting progress: Corn at 86%, soybeans 51%

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