USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Crop Progress: 22% of Corn, 12% of Soybeans Planted Week Ended May 8


By Anthony Greder, DTN/Progressive Farmer



OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean planting progress inched ahead by just single-digit percentages again last week as wet conditions across central, eastern and northern parts of the country continued to keep many farmers out of their fields, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.




-- Planting progress: 22% nationwide as of Sunday, May 8, up just 8 percentage points from 14% the previous week. Current progress is now 42 percentage points behind last year's pace of 64% and 28 percentage points behind the five-year average of 50%.


-- Crop development: 5% of corn was emerged as of Sunday, up 2 percentage points from the previous week and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 15%.


-- Notable states: Planting progress in the "I" states continued to lag well behind average last week, with Illinois corn 15% planted, 43 percentage points behind the state average of 58%; Indiana 11% planted, 28 percentage points behind the average of 39%; and Iowa 14% planted, 49 percentage points behind the average of 63%. Minnesota was also well behind normal with just 9% of intended corn planted, 39 percentage points behind the state's average of 48%. Only 1% of North Dakota's corn and 7% of Wisconsin's corn were planted as of Sunday, behind averages of 18% and 29%, respectively. Eighty-one percent of Texas' corn was planted, 4 percentage points ahead of the state's average of 77%.






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