U.S. Planting Catches Up: 72% Of Corn, 50% Of Soybeans Now In The Ground

Rows of soy bean plants in a field

U.S. corn and soybean planting moved closer to normal last week. Activity got off to a slow start in many areas this year due to cool, wet weather and while conditions still haven’t been ideal overall in parts of the region, a recent somewhat warmer, drier pattern has helped planting pick up steam.

The USDA says that as of Sunday, 72% of corn is planted, compared to the five-year average of 79%, and 39% of the crop has emerged, compared to 51% on average.

Half of the soybean crop is planted, compared to the normal rate of 55%, with 21% emerged, compared to 26% on average.

28% of winter wheat is in good to excellent shape, up 1% on the week, with 63% of the crop headed, compared to 65% on average.

49% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 83% typically in late May, with 29% emerged, compared to 50% on average.

54% of cotton is planted, compared to usual pace of 51%.

91% of rice is planted, compared to the five-year average of 89%, with 66% emerged, compared to 71% normally, and 70% of the crop in good to excellent condition, 1% below a year ago.

22% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are called good to excellent, unchanged from last week.