USDA says precipitation slowed planting progress

Crop Planting Progress Slows

Continued waves of precipitation across a wide swath of corn-producing states in late May have slowed corn planting progress, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) weekly Crop Progress report.

For the top 18 corn producers, crop progress as of May 26 was pegged at 86% compared to 71% the prior week and 99% or nearly completed at this time a year ago. The average completion for 2008-2012 was 90%.

USDA reports corn emergence for the 18 states at 44% vs. 87% for last year and the five-year average of 61%.

Soybean planting as of May 26 stands at 44% complete vs. 87% this time last year and 61% complete for the five-year average (2008-2012).


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Soybean emergence was just 14% on May 26 compared to 57% on May 26, 2012 and an average of 30% for the past five years, USDA reports.

Winter wheat plantings have also been delayed by the excess moisture of recent weeks with 60% completed as of May 26 vs. 85% this time last year and an average completion rate of 72% for the past five years.

Spring wheat was 79% completed as of May 26 vs 100% completed this time last year and 86% completed on average for 2008-2012.

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