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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Thanks to generally good weather last week in some key growing areas, U.S. corn planting is now slightly ahead of average.

As of Sunday, 59% of corn is planted, compared to 26% a year ago and the five year average of 58%. Still, there are significant delays in some states, including Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota. 18% of corn has emerged, compared to 25% on average.

For soybeans, 20% are planted, compared to 5% last year and 21% on average as farmers concentrate on getting corn planted.

Parts of the Southern Plains did get receive rainfall, but most of the region remained dry. 30% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, down 1% on the week, while 42% is called poor to very, up 4% from last week. 44% of winter wheat has headed, compared to 46% on average.

Spring wheat planting is also moving slower than normal due to cool, wet conditions in the Northern Plains, with 34% planted, compared to 53% on average, and 12% emerged, compared to 27% on average.

41% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, up 2% on the week.

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