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Situation Grows Critical as Planting Window Narrows and Another Week of Little Progress Passes

Situation Grows Critical as Planting Window Narrows and Another Week of Little Progress Passes
The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress report on Monday for the week ending on May 5, 2019. According to the report, the US corn crop is still well-behind its normal planting progress for this time. In addition, the US soybean crop has made little progress in the past week, putting it further behind its normal rate of planting progress as well. Meanwhile, the US HRW wheat crop continues to outshine last year’s crop in terms of condition but has yet to achieve its normal rate of growth development. As of this week, the US corn crop is 23 percent planted, up from 15 percent last week and still trailing the five-year average of 46 percent. Illinois’ planting is up just 1 percent from last week from 9 to 10 percent versus 68 percent last year at this time and 66 percent the average. Iowa is the leader this week, at 36 percent complete with its planting, though still behind its average of 51 percent. Neither Indiana, Ohio nor Michigan made much significant progress over the past week. At this point, only 6 percent of the crop has emerged, compared to the normal rate of 13 percent. Planting of the US soybean crop remains unimpressive this week, up just 3 percent from last week, now at 6 percent complete and behind the average of 14 percent. Very little progress has occurred from Illinois, east. Producers are hopeful rains can be dodged over the next week with the situation becoming critical as the planting window continues to narrow. At present, the US HRW wheat crop is 29 percent headed, trailing its normal pace of 41 percent, but just behind last year’s pace of 31 percent. The crop currently remains in relatively good condition, rated this week at just 8 percent poor to very, 28 fair and 64 percent good to excellent.
 
Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, May 06, 2019.
 
Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains -
 
In Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing reached 96 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but on par with normal. Winter wheat headed reached 64 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and behind the average by 19 points. Wheat’s condition this week declined by 5 points compared to last week with the crop now only 74 percent good to excellent, 22 fair and 4 poor to very poor, up 2 points from the last report. Corn planted reached 40 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 23 points from normal. Corn emerged reached 18 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 21 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 11 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 10 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and 3 points behind the average. Cotton planted reached 7 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 4 points from normal. Pasture and range conditions have moderate some since last week dropping its good to excellent rating from 64 percent last week to 51 this week, 32 fair and adding marginally to the bottom of the scale at 7 percent poor to very poor this week.
 
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