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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The United States Department of Agriculture reports that as of Sunday, May 4, 27% of the U.S. corn crop had been planted, within the pre-report range of 25% to 35% and up 17% from last week.

However, that's lagging considerably behind the year ago pace of 45% and the five year average of 59% due to wetter than normal weather in large portions of some of the major growing states. The most progress has been made in North Carolina at 87%, followed by Tennessee at 75% and Texas at 72%; all states trail their respective averages. Only 4% of the crop has emerged, compared to 12% a year ago and 17% on average.

For soybeans, 5% of the crop is sown, compared to 8% last year at this time and 14% on average. Louisiana and Mississippi are both 56% planted, followed by Arkansas at 19%.

26% of the winter wheat crop has produced heads, compared to 33% on May 4, 2007 and the five year average of 38%. Development depends on moisture, with a number of states showing the effects of either too much or not enough. The crop is rated 47% good to excellent, up 1% from a week ago but down 10% from a year ago.

58% of spring wheat is planted, steady with a year ago and 4% below the five year average. Minnesota continues to be the slowest due to weather problems and the slow corn and soybean planting paces. 11% of the crop has emerged, compared to 17% last year and 25% on average.

Cotton is 26% planted, compared to 32% for the five year average. 61% of the rice crop is planted, compared to the average of 71%, with emergence at 31%, compared to 50% for the five year average. Oat planting is at 68%, compared to 81% on average, with emergence at 39%, compared to the five year average of 55%.

U.S. pastures and range lands are rated 45% good to excellent, compared to 50% a year ago at this time.

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