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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The U.S. corn planting pace slowed down last week as some producers were kept out of the fields by cool, wet weather in parts of the Midwest and Plains, including snow and below freezing temperatures in some areas.

The USDA says 17% of the crop is planted, compared to 8% last week and the five-year average of 20%, while 3% has emerged, compared to 4% on average.

8% of U.S. soybeans are planted as of Sunday, compared to 3% the week before and the normal pace of 5%.

Winter wheat was also impacted by weather, including drought or near drought conditions in parts of the Plains, with 49% of the winter wheat crop rated good to excellent, down 4% on the week and 5% below a year ago.

17% of winter wheat has headed, compared to the usual rate of 23%.

28% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 19% on average, and 7% has emerged, compared to 5% on average.

12% of cotton is planted, compared to 11% typically in late April.

47% of rice is planted, compared to 52% normally this time of year, and 26% has emerged, compared to 32% on average.

The USDA's next set of production estimates is out May 12th.

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