The May 18 Crop Progress report from the USDA showed a slower planting pace over the past week, with corn planting progress dropping back behind the five-year average and soybeans lagging further behind. The good news is that both corn and soybeans are emerging in most states.

Corn planting progress progressed in the last week to 73% overall planted. The average pace for this week is 76%. Just a few states have planted less than half of their corn acres: Michigan (29%), North Dakota (17%) and Wisconsin (36%).

The corn crop continues to emerge in all states but North Dakota, which has yet to see any corn above the ground.  Thirty-four percent of the overall corn crop has emerged, lagging behind the average pace of 42%.

corn planted progress, May 18, 2014