Planting is progressing, despite all of the serious challenges
The warmer temperatures and low precipitation made it a great week for field work. Producers worked steadily through the week to make considerable progress on corn and oat planting. Rain showers late in the week put a halt to field work in some areas, although many producers worked between showers to continue their momentum. Soybean planting also saw an increase this week, but is slightly behind average as farmers have been focused on corn planting. Corn planting is 46 percent complete, compared to 7 percent last week and 83 percent a year ago. 2 percent is emerged, compared to 53 percent last year. 16 percent of soybeans have been planted compared to 44 percent last year and 5 percent of the winter wheat is headed. 72 percent of the winter wheat is in good to excellent condition. 78 percent of the topsoil has adequate moisture and 19 percent is surplus. 91 percent of the subsoil has adequate to surplus moisture.
Seeding of small grains was above 70 percent and corn planting was over one-third complete. Corn planting also advanced 30 percentage points with 37 percent rated complete, behind last year at 76 percent and 46 percent average. One percent of corn has emerged, behind last year at 35 percent and 10 percent average. Soybean planting rated 6 percent complete, behind last year at 25 percent and 10 percent average. Spring wheat seeding advanced 30 percentage points with 76 percent rated complete, behind last year’s 100 percent and 88 percent average. Spring wheat emerged rated 20 percent complete, also behind last year at 95 percent and 56 percent average. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 25 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 29 percent very short, 43 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Corn was 14 percent planted, 32 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybeans were 1 percent planted this week, compared to 14 percent last year and a 13 percent five-year average. Corn, soybeans, oats and vegetables were being planted where conditions permitted. Reporters commented that the high percentage of tillage completed last fall will help fieldwork go faster in this unusually late spring season. Corn was 14 percent planted, 32 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybeans were 1 percent planted this week, compared to 14 percent last year and a 13 percent five-year average. Corn, soybeans, oats and vegetables were being planted where conditions permitted. Reporters commented that the high percentage of tillage completed last fall will help fieldwork go faster in this unusually late spring season. Topsoil moisture is 73 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is 79 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.
USDa corn planting at 28 percent slowest planting pace for this date since the flood year of 1993 when only 27 percent of the crop was planted. Emergence is at 5 percent vs. 52 percent last year and 28 percent on average. Soybean planting is at 6 percent complete vs. 43 percent last year and 24 percent on average. 32 percent of winter wheat is Good to Excellent, which matches previous week; 39 percent Poor to Very Poor; matches the previous week, but 1 percent shift to very poor.
Source: Farmgate blog
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