The nation’s corn farmers have made some good progress on planting in the last week according to USDA. The latest crop progress report shows corn planting is now 40% complete:
“That’s a big improvement from 13% on May 1st, still though, well behind the five-year average of 59% and last year’s number of 80%.”
That’s USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey who notes emergence is lagging at 7% as of Sunday, May 8th. The five-year average is 21%. Monday’s crop progress report provided the first look at soybean planting progress - which stands at 7%:
“That compares to the five-year average of 17% and last year’s number of 28%. We are seeing some of the best progress in the dryer areas of the Western Corn Belt, and in Nebraska now, the crop 15% planted, in Iowa 10%. Numbers are lagging in most other areas of the Eastern and Northern Corn Belt.”
Rippey says varied weather conditions have impacted cotton planting progress. Nationally - 26% of the crop is planted. That’s off from last year’s pace of 34% and the five-year average pace of 33%:
“It has been sort of a mixed bag; we have drought in West Texas, and we have wetness in the Delta, and some variety in other areas. Now, we see planting very slow, nearly at a standstill in some of the northern Delta states like Missouri just 2% planted, five-year average pace there 44%. In Texas, some producers there opting to wait for rain and that is delaying the planting pace there. Overall in Texas 24% planted, five-year average 27% and last year also 27% of the cotton planted by May 8th.”
Spring wheat planting is also behind - well behind according to Rippey:
“Only 22% of the crop planted by May 8th, five-year average 61%, last year 65%.”
And that means emergence is lagging as well. Rippey says just six-percent of the crop is emerged. Last year at this time 36% was emerged. The five-year average is 25%.
As for winter wheat, Rippey says drought is continuing to impact the crop in the south central U.S. and wetness is becoming a problem in the soft red winter wheat areas of the Delta and eastern Corn Belt. He says the crop is rated 33% good to excellent and 42% very poor to poor. That’s not a big change from the previous week but is a far cry from last year’s good crop which was rated 66% good to excellent and just 8% very poor to poor.