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Corn planting in the U.S. passes the 90 percent mark

Corn planting in the U.S. passes the 90 percent mark

North Carolina leads all states in corn planting completion

By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
Farms.com

Farmers across the United States are nearing the completion of corn planting, according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress Report.

Producers have planted 91 percent of the total corn crop and this figure is down from the five-year average of 93 percent.

On a state level, growers in North Carolina lead the way with 98 percent of the crop planted.

Tennessee, Iowa and Missouri all reported 97 percent of their corn crop planted.

Pennsylvania ranks the lowest of reported states with 75 percent of the state’s corn planted, down from the five-year average of 82 percent.

73 percent of the national corn crop has emerged.

Of all corn-producing states North Carolina leads with 95 percent of corn emerged, followed by Tennessee with 90 percent.

Only 47 percent of Wisconsin’s corn crop has emerged, which is down from the five-year average of 57 percent.

USDA survey respondents ranked about 12 percent of the total crop as excellent. Tennessee reported 24 percent of its crop as excellent, the most among the surveyed states.

Soybeans
Across the United States, farmers have planted 67 percent of soybeans, which is down 1 percent from the five-year average.

Louisiana leads the documented states with 94 percent planted, up from the 86 percent recorded over five years.

Farmers in Mississippi have 89 percent of their soybeans in the ground, up from a five-year average of 81 percent.

Kansas has planted only 41 percent of its soybeans. That number is down from the five-year average of 46 percent.

37 percent of the total soybean crop has emerged, according to the USDA. That number is down slightly from the five-year average of 40 percent.

Louisiana leads in soybean emergence, with 91 percent of the crop emerged. This figure is up from a five-year average of 77 percent.

Only 12 percent of the soybean crop in Wisconsin has emerged. That figure is down from a five-year average of 31 percent.

Winter Wheat
80 percent of America’s winter wheat has headed, according to the Crop Progress Report. That number is up from the five-year average of 77 percent.

Arkansas, California, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas reported all of their winter wheat has headed.

On the other hand, only 7 percent of Idaho’s winter wheat has headed. That number is down 13 percent from the five-year average.

Survey respondents ranked about 12 percent of the total winter wheat crop as excellent. 28 percent of Oregon’s crop ranked as excellent, the most of any state.

Spring Wheat
American farmers have planted 96 percent of the total spring wheat crop, up from the five-year average of 91 percent.

Minnesota, South Dakota and Washington all reported their spring wheat fields are fully planted.

79 percent of the total U.S. spring wheat crop has emerged, the report said. That number is up from the five-year average of 74 percent.

South Dakota and Minnesota reported that more than 95 percent of their spring wheat crops have emerged.

Officials ranked 9 percent of the total crop as excellent. 33 percent of Idaho’s crop was also ranked excellent, the most of any state.

Fieldwork Days
The states with the most suitable fieldwork days as of May 28 were:

  1. Arizona and Oregon – 7
  2. Nevada and New Mexico – 6.9
  3. California – 6.8
  4. Utah – 6.7

The states with the fewest work days were:

  1.  Iowa – 2.7
  2.  New York and Virginia – 2.5
  3.  Delaware and Indiana – 2.0
  4. Ohio – 1.8

The next Crop Progress Report is scheduled for release on June 5.