Soybean planting continues to creep toward completion. Ninety-two percent of the overall crop has been planted, just ahead of the 90% five-year average. Farmers in Nebraska are 100% done planting soybeans. A few states have yet to reach the three-quarters mark, including Kentucky (70% planted), North Carolina (71%) and Tennessee (70%).

Of the soybeans that have been planted, 83% of those have emerged overall. This is 6 points ahead of the average, and 20 points ahead of last year’s emergence rate of 63%. Some states are close to seeing all of their soybeans popping out of the soil, including: Iowa (95% emerged), Louisiana (91%) and Nebraska (97%).

Soybean crop conditions are holding fairly steady with an overall good/excellent rating of 73%, down just one point from last week (but up a point in the excellent category). North Dakota has the best-rated soybean crop at 86% good/excellent. Some states have no soybeans in very poor condition, including: Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina and Wisconsin. 

soybean condition, usda crop progress, June 16, 2014