Today’s USDA Crop Progress Report showed nice numbers for most states in regard to planted and emerged corn and soybean acreage. Corn planting is 86% complete, compared to a five-year average of 95%. The soybean crop is 51% planted, 20 points behind the 71% five-year average.
Corn is over 80% planted in two-thirds of the major corn-planting states. Those states furthest behind are Pennsylvania (61% complete) and Ohio, where only 19% of the crop has been planted compared to a five-year average of 93%.
The corn crop continues to emerge in all states and has popped up in all corn-producing states. The Iowa crop is 90% emerged, Missouri corn is 86% out of the ground and North Carolina has 96% of their corn crop now out of the soil. Ohio lags behind the furthest at only 9% emerged, and North Dakota’s corn crop is 30% emerged.
The corn crop condition is 63% good/excellent. Last year’s condition at this time was 76% good/excellent. Only 6% of the crop is rated very poor/poor.
Soybean planting has continued to progress. Wisconsin made good progress in the last week going from 25% planted to 50%. Minnesota is more than half planted at 53%, compared to last week’s 38%. Louisiana and Mississippi continue to lead the soybean-planting pack with 90% and 89% of the crop planted, respectively.
Of the soybeans that are planted, about 27% of the crop has emerged. Last week saw no beans above ground in North Dakota or Wisconsin, but both states now have beans emerging at 1% and 12%, respectively. Soybeans in Iowa and Nebraska made the biggest leaps in emergence in the last week. Iowa jumped from 21% emerged to 52% this week. Nebraska soybeans were 20% emerged last week and now 43% of the crop is popping out of the ground. Overall soybean emergence is 27%, compared to a five-year average of 39%.