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CORN PLANTING CATCHES UP, 19% COMPARED TO 5-YEAR AVERAGE OF 28%
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

USDA reports corn planting made a solid advance over the past week, but the pace remains slower than average due to rain and cool soil temperatures in some key growing areas.

As of Sunday, April 27, 19% of corn is planted, compared to 6% on April 20, 2014, 5% on April 27, 2013 and the five year average of 28%, while 3% has emerged, compared to 2% a year ago and 6% on average.

Soybean planting is just underway at 3%, compared to 4% on average.

33% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, down 1% on the week, with the poor to very poor category at 34%, up 1%. The fair category was unchanged at 33%. 18% of winter wheat has headed, compared 13% last year and 26% on average.

18% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 11% a year ago and 30% on average, with 5% emerged, compared to 3% last year and 9% on average.

Next week's national crop report is expected to have the first condition ratings of the year for pastures and rangeland.


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