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Corn and Soybean Planting Nationally Steamrolls Ahead, Rains Boost Southern Plains Wheat Crop

Mon, 18 May 2015 18:18:56 CDT

Corn and Soybean Planting Nationally Steamrolls Ahead, Rains Boost Southern Plains Wheat Crop Corn and soybean planting progress nationally has surged. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report has corn planting 85 percent complete nationally. Thatís a gain of ten points over last week and also ten points ahead of the five-year average. USDA reported 56 percent of the crop has emerged in the top 18 states that plant 92 percent of the nation's corn acres. Emergence was 24 points ahead of last year and 16 points higher than the five year average. Soybean planting has reached 45 percent. Thatís a gain of 14 points over last week and was nine points ahead of average. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.

The Oklahoma wheat and canola crop showed improvement as drought conditions decreased across the state. In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, the wheat crop condition rated 39 percent good to excellent condition, 41 percent fair and 20 percent poor to very poor. The crop gained one point in the good to excellent category and two points in the fair category. Winter wheat headed reached 99 percent complete, six points above normal. The canola crop rated 62 percent good to fair. Thatís up two points from last week. Row crop seeding was delayed in areas of Central Oklahoma and the Southeast district due to wet conditions. Eighty percent of corn was seeded by Sunday, down five points from normal. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.

Planting of row crops across Texas experienced delays due to rainfall this past week. Moisture measured from trace amounts to upwards of ten inches. The latest USDA report downgraded the wheat crop by one point in the good to excellent rating with 56 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition, 30 percent in fair and 14 percent in poor to very poor condition. The wheat crop was 96 percent headed. Corn planting gained four points with 75 percent of the crop planted and 73 percent emerged. Sorghum was 71 percent planted, soybeans were 61 percent, cotton was 19 percent done and peanuts were 17 percent planted. Click here for the full Texas report.

The Kansas wheat crop showed improvement after precipitation was received across the state in recent weeks. The stateís winter wheat crop rated 29 percent good to excellent, 41 percent fair and 30 percent poor to very poor condition. The crop gained two points in the good to excellent ranking. Corn planting was at 78 percent complete with 53 percent of the crop emerged. Planting remains behind last yearís 84 and the five-year average of 82. Soybean planting was at 17 percent complete, cotton planting was seven percent and sorghum was at six percent. Click here for the Kansas report.



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