USDA released new planting and emergence numbers and crop condition ratings on Tuesday, June 2. The corn condition rating increased sharply, climbing 5 points to 76% good to excellent. The current rating is near the historic high for the date. Favorable weather this week should maintain the current strong overall crop rating. USDA reported corn planting progress as of May 30 at 97%, up from 93% a week ago and above the ten-year average of 95%. The eastern Corn Belt made good progress toward completing corn planting last week. Similarly, the Dakotas also made good planting progress and are nearing completion there as well. There are no states experiencing significant delays. Overall, planting progress this season was timely and will likely contribute to a boost in acreage from planting intentions and should also be beneficial for yields. USDA reported soybean planting progress at 74%. That was up from 53% last week. Progress matches the 10-year average. Weather conditions turned drier last week and that made a big difference. The forecast maps are indicating risks for more heavy rains this week in the central to eastern Midwest. This may cause more planting delays ahead of next week’s update. USDA reported cotton plantings at 79% complete for the week ending May 30. That is five points ahead of 2009, and now only 3 points slower than the ten-year average at 82%. Planting progress is catching up with the normal as it moved ahead by 19 points last week. USDA reported the spring wheat rating at 85% good to excellent, unchanged from last week and still extremely high. The high rating reflects the benefits of mostly above average seasonal rainfall as depicted in the monthly rainfall summary map below. For the latest week, spring wheat plantings reached 96% complete. USDA reported the winter wheat condition at 65% good to excellent, down one point from last week. The rating is far above last year at 45% and the ten-year average at 44%. The national rating is still the highest for the week since 1999, when it stood at 69%.