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USDA ISSUES FIRST PLANTING REPORT, PROGRESS ON TRACK
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The USDA released its first crop progress report of the year showing most crops at or near the five-year average planting pace.

Corn is on pace with last year and the five-year average with two percent of the crop planted. Texas' crop is past halfway planted, Kansas is at two percent and Missouri is at one percent.

Cotton is six percent planted nationally.

Oats are 23 percent planted, two percent behind last year. Iowa is 10 percent complete; Minnesota is three percent complete; Nebraska is 16 percent done; South Dakota is five percent planted, and Wisconsin is three percent planted.

Winter wheat is rated 53 percent good to excellent. Four percent of the crop has headed.

Spring wheat is three percent planted. Nine percent of South Dakota's crop is planted, one percent of Minnesota's crop is planted.

Topsoil moisture is rated 57 percent adequate with 23 percent short and 12 percent very short. Subsoil moisture is 57 percent adequate with 24 percent short and 12 percent very short.

The USDA's next set of production estimates is out April 11th.


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