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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

U.S. corn and soybean planting gained some ground last week. However, the planting paces for both major crops remain slower than average following cool, wet weather in some key growing areas late last month and early this month.

The USDA says 49% of the U.S. corn crop is planted, compared to the five-year average of 67%, with 14% of the crop emerged, compared to 32% on average.

30% of soybeans are planted, compared to the normal pace of 39%, with 9% emerged, compared to 12% on average.

48% of winter wheat has headed, compared to 53% typically in mid-May, while 27% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, down 2% on the week.

39% of this year's spring wheat crop is planted, compared to the usual rate of 67%, while 16% has emerged, compared to 30% on average.

37% of cotton is planted, matching the five-year average.

80% of rice is planted, compared to 79% normally in the growing season, and 53% has emerged, compared to 60% on average.

22% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, steady with a week ago.

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