USDA’s Crop Progress and Condition report for May 13 indicated that 28% of the corn had been planted, compared to 12% last week and 85% for last year, according to Illinois blogger Stu Ellis. This year’s corn planting is the slowest planting pace for this date since the flood year of 1993 when only 27% of the crop was planted. Emergence is at 5% vs. 52% last year and 28% on average.
Soybean planting is at 6% complete vs. 43% last year and 24% on average. Only 5% is emerged, compared to 52% last year and 28% for the five year average.
Only 29% of the winter wheat is headed, compared to 51% for the five-year average. Wheat conditions remain fairly stable with 39% in poor to very poor condition and 32% in good to excellent condition. Some 43% of the spring wheat has been planted, but Minnesota and North Dakota are both behind the national average, and were either finished or nearly so last year at this time. A state by state look follows:
Corn planting progressed to 17% complete across the state compared to 94% last year and 64% for the five-year average. Concerns are growing regarding the wet soils and lateness for corn planting as well as diseases due to the wet weather in the wheat crop. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 47% adequate, and 53% surplus. The driest soils were in northern and eastern Illinois. Subsoil moisture was rated as 3% short, 62% adequate and 35% surplus.
Thirty percent of the intended corn acreage has been planted compared with 92% last year and 54% for the five-year average. At this time, farmers are ahead of both 2009 and 2011, when approximately 15% and 18% of the corn acreage had been planted respectively. Six percent of the intended soybean acreage has been planted compared with 65% last year and 26% for the five-year average. Topsoil moisture is 53% adequate and 46% surplus. Subsoil moisture is 69% adequate and 29% surplus.
Fifteen percent of Iowa’s corn acreage has been planted compared with 86% at this time last year and the five-year average of 79%. Soybean planting was 1% compete, well behind last year’s 34% and the five-year average of 30%. This is the latest start to soybean planting since 1995. Topsoil moisture levels rated 1% very short, 4% short, 68% adequate and 27% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 4% very short, 20% short and 63% adequate and 13% surplus.
Corn planting was 31% complete, well behind 88% last year and 73% average. Five percent of the crop was emerged, well behind 60% last year and over two weeks behind 36% average. Soybean planting was 1% complete, behind the 37% last year and 18% average. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 14% very short, 18% short, 57% adequate and 11% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 26% very short, 29% short, 42% adequate and 3% surplus.
Warm, dry weather early in the week allowed for considerable planting progress to be made in southern Michigan. Corn planting went full bore until wet, cold weather stopped planters on Friday so 32% of corn is planted compared to 5% last week and 58% last year. Only 1% of corn is emerged. Just 13% of soybeans are planted, compared to 30% last year. Topsoil and subsoil moisture are both about 75% adequate.
Corn is 18% planted, well behind both last year’s 86% and the average of 68% percent. Only 2% of soybeans are planted, compared to 40% at this time last year. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 15% short, 70% adequate, and 14% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 9% very short, 30% short, 56% adequate and 5% surplus.
Corn planting was 28% complete. Soybean planting was 1% complete. Topsoil moisture supply was 65% adequate and 35% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was 1% very short, 8% short, 79% adequate and 12% surplus.
Corn planted was 43% complete, well behind last year’s 89% and 10 days behind the 77% average. Soybeans planted was 7%, behind last year’s 56% and 33% average. Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies rated 14% very short, 25% short, 59% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 40% very short, 42% short, 18% adequate and 0% surplus.
North Dakota 
Corn planting rated 18% complete, behind 79% percent last year and 43 percent average. Soybean planting rated 3 percent complete, behind last year at 45 percent and 14 percent average. Spring wheat seeding rated 26 percent complete, still behind last year at 92 percent and 53 percent average, but advanced 19 percentage points from last week. Emergence rated 1 percent, behind last year at 65 percent and 25 percent average. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 21 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 30 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.
Corn planting is 46% complete, compared to 7% last week and 83% a year ago. Some 16% of soybeans have been planted compared to 44% last year. Seventy-eight percent of the topsoil has adequate moisture and 19% is surplus; 91% of the subsoil has adequate to surplus moisture.
South Dakota 
Corn planting is 37% rated complete, behind last year at 76% percent and 46% average. Soybean planting rated 6% complete, behind last year at 25% and 10% average. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12% very short, 25% short, 59% adequate, and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 29% very short, 43% short, 27% adequate, and 1% surplus.
Corn was 14% planted, 32 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybeans were 1% planted this week, compared to 14% last year and a 13% five-year average. Soybeans were 1% planted this week, compared to 14% last year and a 13% five-year average. Topsoil moisture is 73% adequate and 26% surplus. Subsoil moisture is 79% adequate and 10% surplus.
Read the full blog at http://www.farmgateblog.com/article/1780/planting-is-progressing-despite-all-of-the-serious-challenges .