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USDA crop progress: Corn planting stalled out last weekUSDA crop progress: Corn planting stalled out last week

With 3% planted as of April 14, corn progress even slower than analyst expectations

Ben Potter

April 15, 2019

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Janet Kubat Willette

Rain, snow and cold weather may not stop your mail carrier, but it has certainly slowed spring planting progress so far. As of April 14, just 3% of this year’s U.S. corn crop is in the ground, per the latest USDA crop progress report out Monday afternoon.

The 2019 corn planting season did gain minimal forward momentum this past week, moving up from 2% complete two weeks ago. Progress so far is equivalent to last year’s pace, also at 3%, but slightly behind the five-year average and analyst estimates, both at 5%.

As could be reasonably expected, southern states are leading the charge so far, including Texas (57%), North Carolina (18%) and Tennessee (16%). Planters have begun rolling further north in states such as Kentucky (8%), Missouri (6%), Kansas (6%) and Illinois (1%).

Spring wheat planting progress is also behind schedule, with just 2% of acres in across the top six production states. The five-year average is 13%. States with the most progress so far include Idaho (18%) and Washington (17%).

As analysts anticipated, USDA did not alter its quality estimates for the 2018/19 U.S. winter wheat crop, holding steady at 60% rated in good-to-excellent condition. Another 31% of the crop is rated fair, with the remaining 9% rated poor or very poor (also unchanged from the prior week).

Other crops of note in the latest report include:

  • Sorghum – 16% planted (up from 14% the prior week)

  • Rice – 26% planted (up from 19% the prior week)

  • Sugarbeets – 8% planted (up from 3% the prior week)

  • Oats – 30% planted (up from 27% the prior week)

  • Cotton – 7% planted (up from 6% the prior week)

Click here to read the latest USDA crop progress report in full.

About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings more than 14 years of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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