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Northeast planting slowed by wet weather

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DOUBLE-RAINBOW: No pot of gold or good fortune here. This week, most farmers would prefer seeing more sunshine instead of rainbows.
Corn and soybean crop progress in parts of the Northeast hampered by too-frequent light rain.

Northeast farmers are grumbling about the latest USDA’s crop progress report. Corn and soybean planting across the country has caught up with the five-year average. Not in New York state, though.

While drought conditions in the region have been watered down, farmers in eastern and western New York lament rains are coming just often enough to slow planting progress. Keep in mind that this report from USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service assesses progress as of Sunday, May 21 — at or near the end of the optimum corn planting window. Here’s a quick peek at the national and Northeast picture:

National. After a slow start, 84% of the U.S. corn crop is in the ground, with more than 54% emerged — on target with the five-year average. Soybean planting, at 53%, is slightly ahead of the five-year average.

Delaware. Warm, dry weather and topsoils rated as 95% adequate were perfect for planting all kinds of crops last week in the First State. Corn planting hit 77% complete, slightly ahead of last year, but still behind the five-year average of 85%.

Soybean planting hit the 26%-done mark, compared to less than 5% last year at this time. That compares to the five-year average of 23%.

Maryland. Soil moisture, statewide, was rated at 95% adequate. Warm, dry weather helped push planted corn acres to 86%, compared to only 59% last year at this time and 75% for the five-year average.

Soybean planting moved up to the 28%-done mark, compared to only 7% last year at this time and 20% for the five-year average.

New England. This region experienced a mix of warm and cold weather, depending on location and elevation. Areas that were previously warmer and dry remained so. The same was true for areas that were damp and cool. Topsoil moisture was generally 69% adequate, but with 30% reported as surplus.

Corn planted acres rose from 11% to 33% last week. That compares to 40% last year for the same period.

New Jersey. Statewide, topsoil moisture levels were rated 88% adequate. Corn planting was 60% complete, compared to 54% for the same week of 2016 and 59% for the five-year average.

Soybean planting surged last week from less than 5% to 31%. That compares to 16% during the same week of 2016 and only 8% for the five-year average.

New York. Some 55% of topsoils were scored as having surplus moisture — that means mud. That’s why only 27% of the 2017 corn crop was planted, compared to 54% during the same week in 2016 and 53% for the five-year average.

Soybean planting also was significantly off the pace with only 6% planted compared to 20% during the same week of 2016 and a 21% five-year average.

Pennsylvania. With topsoils rated as 89% adequate, plus a heat wave and sunshine, corn planted jumped from 35% to 59% for the week, compared to 61% last year. That’s still a bit off the pace of the 69% five-year average.

Soybean planting also surged with last week’s weather in the Keystone State. Planted beans jumped from 9% to 34%. That’s still lower than the 31% planted at this point last year and below the 39% five-year average.

 

 

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