Plant Conditions Make Marginal Gains in Crop Report

U.S. corn and soybean development remains slower than average after both crops got off to a slow start because of widespread planting delays.

Because of uncertainty about actual planted area, the USDA has begun to resurvey producers in 14 states. Look for results next month.

As of Sunday, 98 percent of corn has emerged and 8 percent is silking, compared to the five-year average of 22 percent. Farmers rate 57 percent of the crop as good to excellent, which is a 1 percent improvement over last week.

In soybeans, 96 percent of the soybean crop is planted and 90 percent has emerged. Ten percent of beans are blooming compared to 32 percent on average. Just over half—53 percent—of the crop is rated good to excellent, down by 1 percent.

Forty-seven percent of winter wheat is harvested, compared to the usual pace of 61 percent, and 64 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition—a 1 percent improvement over the week before.

The USDA reported that 56 percent of spring wheat has headed, compared to 73 percent on average, and 78 percent is in good to excellent shape, an increase of 3 percent.

Source: Brownfield Ag News