U.S. corn planting went to 45% done as of Sunday, up 15 points in a week despite cool, wet conditions over much of the country then, but the number was down a few points from trade forecasts.
Soybeans were 8% were planted, up 5% for the week, but down slightly from average trade projections.
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The 45% in corn matched last year’s pace but was up 15 points from the five year average. Gains were made throughout the Midwest, with Iowa planting up 17 points to 57%, Illinois up 24 to 66% and Indiana up 19 to 30%. Michigan was a bit slow gained 5 points to 8% done, while Minnesota rose 14 to 59%.
“Farmers in north central and central Iowa have already planted over three-quarters of their corn crop,” the Iowa report said. After some early week fieldwork, rain halted that activity for much of the state.
In Indiana, cool weather had farmers concerned about corn emergence. Indiana’s corn was 4% emerged. Nationally, 13% was emerged versus 7% a year ago and the 8% average.
“The increased rainfall and hail storms in central and southern Indiana that came in over the weekend posed a risk for emerged corn. Any crop damage to corn is unknown at this time,” the Indiana report said.
The 8% for soybean planting trailed last year’s 10%, with small gains made throughout the Midwest. Iowa was 7% planted, Illinois 9% and Indiana 6%.
Winter wheat improved, as expected, to 61% from the previous week’s 59%, as spring storms brought needed rain to the Plains. Kansas wheat slipped 1 point to 52% good/excellent, while the fair rating went to 38% from 36%, Oklahoma improved to 64% good/excellent from 59% and Texas went to 49% from 48%.
The Kansas report said the state received up to five inches of rain in the northeast, with lesser amounts elsewhere. Its topsoil moisture increased to 17% surplus, 72% adequate, 8% short and 3% very short.
Spring wheat planting went to 54% versus 69% a year ago the 39% average. The crop was 22% emerged versus 24% last year and the 14% average.
Nationally, sorghum was 23% planted versus 28% a year ago and the 26% average.
Cotton was 16% planted versus 15% a year ago and the 18% average.