USDA Reports 81% Of Corn, 66% Of Soybeans Are Planted


U.S. corn and soybean planting and development remain ahead of average.

Recent weather in most of the Midwest and Plains has been generally favorable but parts of the region could see a drier pattern into early June, potentially causing some stress in those areas.

The USDA says 81% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to the five-year average of 75%, and 52% has emerged, compared to 45% on average.

66% of U.S. soybeans are planted as of Sunday, compared to 52% normally in late May, and 36% has emerged, compared to 24% on average.

31% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, 2% more than a week ago following rain in parts of the Plains, and 61% has headed, matching the usual rate.

64% of spring wheat is planted and 32% has emerged, both slower than normal, because of wet, cool conditions in parts of the northern Plains.

45% of cotton is planted, compared to 50% on average.

90% of rice is planted and 76% has emerged, both faster than the respective five-year averages, with 73% of the crop called good to excellent, 3% above last week.

33% of sorghum is planted, in-line with the average pace.

37% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, 3% higher than the prior week.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition numbers will run through the end of November.