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USDA ISSUES PLANTING PROGRESS REPORT: 49% OF CORN IS IN THE GROUND, 35% OF SOYBEANS
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Another week of wet weather in some key growing areas has pushed back corn and soybean planting. Further delays are expected in parts of the Midwest and Plains this week.

The USDA says 49% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to 60% a year ago and the five-year average of 54%, with 23% of the crop emerged, compared to 21% on average.

35% of soybeans are planted, compared to 45% last year and the average rate of 34%, with 16% emerged, compared to 10% normally in mid-May.

50% of U.S. winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, unchanged on the week and 21% above a year ago, with 57% of the crop headed, compared to 44% on average.

61% of the spring wheat crop is planted and 25% has emerged, both ahead of last year and the respective five-year averages.

33% of cotton has been planted, compared to the typical pace of 31%.

84% of rice is planted and 69% has emerged, ahead of normal, and 79% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, 2% lower than a week ago.

26% of sorghum is planted, matching the five-year average.

U.S. pasture and range conditions were up 1% on the week at 47% good to excellent.

The USDA's weekly crop progress and condition reports are scheduled to run through the end of November.


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