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Moving on Up with Corn Planting, That Is

Looks like we have the tools and talent to cover the territory if the ground dries out.

Published on: May 20, 2013

Last week's Crop Progress Report read almost like some sob story about soggy fields, but when the weather is dry the American farmer can come through. Last week only 28% of the corn crop was in the ground and in just a week that jumped to 71%, nearing the 79% five-year average.

Illinois, for example, jumped from 17% planted to 74%. In Iowa the number jumped from 15% to 74% and Indiana more than doubled from 30% to 64%. Nebraska also jumped from 43% to 84% planted. The equipment was rolling last week and you've made up for a lot of lost time.

On the emergence side of the picture, 19% of the drop is out of the ground which is still behind the 46% average, but much better than last week's 5%.

ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN Planters were on the move last week, pushing up the amount of acres planted to corn to 71%, just behind the five-year average.
ROLLIN' ROLLIN' ROLLIN' Planters were on the move last week, pushing up the amount of acres planted to corn to 71%, just behind the five-year average.

Meanwhile, farmers were also pushing those soybean planters last week with planted acreage up four-fold in a single week from 6% to 24%. That's still well behind the five-year average, but soybeans are a little more forgiving than corn, so all-in-all the news is better on the planting front even with soggy weather plaguing some parts of the country. This week's report does show that 3% of the 2013 crop has emerged.

About 43% of the U.S. winter wheat crop has headed versus 62% for the five-year average. That's good news as the crop starts catching up to average and a boost from the 29% headed last week. Winter wheat condition remains at 39% poor to very poor, which is well behind quality for last year's crop. and only 32% of the crop is rated good to excellent. Last year at this time 58% of the crop received the top two ratings.

Cotton planting is still running behind at 39% versus the 52% average. There was a bump in acres planted last week, but the South has been dealing with wave-upon-wave of rain lately. Welcome rains in drought areas, but still planting is being slowed.

Truly, what a difference a year makes.

Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page