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OMAHA (DTN) — Corn planting progress jumped 15 percentage points last week thanks to warmer, drier weather across much of the Midwest, but was still well behind the average pace as of Sunday, April 29, according to USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
NASS estimated that 17% of corn was planted as of Sunday, up from 3% the previous week but 15 percentage points behind last year’s pace of 32% and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 27%.
Corn emergence, on the other hand, was running closer to the average pace with 3% of the crop emerged as of Sunday, behind 8% last year and an average pace of 6%.
Soybean planting continued at an average pace of 5% complete as of Sunday.
Winter wheat was 19% headed, well behind last year’s 41% and also behind the average of 30%. Winter wheat condition continued to improve slightly last week to 33% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.
DTN Analyst Todd Hultman noted that the current 33% good-to-excellent rating for winter wheat is the same as was seen in 2014 when the winter wheat yield came in at 42.6 bushels per acre.
Spring wheat was 10% planted, well behind the average pace of 36%. Barley was 26% planted, compared to 11% last week, 31% last year and a 44% average. Seven percent of the crop was emerged as of Sunday, compared to 13% last year and a 17% average.
Cotton was 12% planted as of Sunday, compared to 10% last week, 14% last year and a 14% average. Rice was 55% planted, compared to 49% last week, 72% last year and 57% on average. Twenty-nine percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 21% last week, 56% last year and a 38% average.
Sorghum was 26% planted as of Sunday, compared to 24% last week, 27% last year and a 26% average.
Oats were 39% planted, compared to 31% last week, 66% last year and a 64% average. Twenty-nine percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 26% last week, 46% last year and a 44% average.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Spring Wheat Planted||10||3||30||36|
|Winter Wheat Headed||19||13||41||30|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
Find the full report at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1048