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USDA Crop Progress: Corn planting nearly finished; soybean planting over half completeUSDA Crop Progress: Corn planting nearly finished; soybean planting over half complete

Jen Koukol

May 26, 2015

2 Min Read

Farmers across the U.S. are nearly finished planting corn, and almost three-quarters of what's been planted has emerged. Soybean planting is more than half complete, and almost a third of the overall crop has emerged.


No one state has completely finished planting corn, but the overall crop is 92% in the ground, 4 points ahead of the 5-year average pace. Big progress was made in Michigan (75% last week, 91% complete this week), North Dakota (70% last week, 83% this week) and Pennsylvania (72% last week, 85% this week). Many states are close to the finish line, including Illinois (97%), Iowa (96%), Minnesota (98%), North Carolina (96%) and Tennessee (97%).

The corn crop made big growing progress in the past week, going from 56% emerged on May 17 to 74% emerged on May 24. This is well ahead of the 62% 5-year average.

corn-condition-may-24-2015.pngCorn condition ratings started this week, and the overall crop is in 74% good/excellent condition. Eighty percent of Illinois' corn is in good/excellent condition, 83% of Pennsylvania's corn is in good/excellent condition and Kentucky has 85% of it's crop in good/excellent condition. However, Ohio takes the cake for the most corn in good/excellent condition, at 87%.



Farmers made good progress in the field getting soybeans planted last week, going from 45% overall planted on May 17 to 61% planted on May 24. This is 6 points ahead of the 5-year average pace. Farmers in Michigan went from 50% planted to 76% planted in a week. Other states made good progress planting soybeans, including: Illinois (47% to 69%), Indiana (36% to 59%), North Dakota (32% to 54%) and Ohio (46% to 71%).

Weather conditions must have been favorable for some states, as soybean emergence rates went from 13% last week to 32% on May 24. This is 7 points ahead of the 5-year average of 25% overall emerged at this time.


About the Author(s)

Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

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