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May 27 Crop Progress: Corn, soybean planting back on pace; corn, soybean emergence close to average

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May 27 Crop Progress: Corn, soybean planting back on pace; corn, soybean emergence close to average

Farmers across the Corn Belt made strong progress in the fields in the past week, returning to normal corn planting pace and shifting ahead of the five-year average planting pace for soybeans. Warm weather helped corn and soybean crops emerge and push to near-average emergence pace.


The overall corn crop is now 88% planted, right on pace with the five-year average. Only a handful of states have planted less than 75% of their corn crops, including: Michigan (53%), North Dakota (67%), Ohio (69%), Pennsylvania (63%) and Wisconsin (67%). North Dakota farmers, however, made the most progress, going from 17% of the corn crop planted last week to 67% planted this week.

corn planted, usda crop progress, May 25, 2014

Corn is emerging in all states this week. Warm weather helped boost emergence rates across the growing area. Iowa had just over one-quarter of its corn crop popping out of the soil last week, and is 67% emerged this week. Crops in Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin made strong emergence progress, too.


Soybean planting reached above-average pace for the first time in a long time this past week. Overall progress is now at 59%, 3 points ahead of the five-year average. The overall crop went from 33% planted last week to 59% planted as of May 25. Last year at this time, just over 40% of the crop had been planted. Farmers in Iowa went from 40% planted last week to 80% planted this week, 5 points ahead of their five-year average. Farmers in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota made strong soybean planting progress, too.

soybeans planted, usda crop progress, May 25, 2014

Soybean emergence is just 2 points behind the five-year average at 25% emerged as of May 25. All states except for North Dakota are seeing soybean seedlings pop out of the ground. In Kansas, the crop went from 7% emerged last week to 25% emerged this week. Soybeans in Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota also made strong emergence progress in the last week.

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