Last week's Crop Progress Report read almost like some sob story about soggy fields, but when the weather is dry the American farmer can come through. Last week only 28% of the corn crop was in the ground and in just a week that jumped to 71%, nearing the 79% five-year average.
Illinois, for example, jumped from 17% planted to 74%. In Iowa the number jumped from 15% to 74% and Indiana more than doubled from 30% to 64%. Nebraska also jumped from 43% to 84% planted. The equipment was rolling last week and you've made up for a lot of lost time.
On the emergence side of the picture, 19% of the drop is out of the ground which is still behind the 46% average, but much better than last week's 5%.
Meanwhile, farmers were also pushing those soybean planters last week with planted acreage up four-fold in a single week from 6% to 24%. That's still well behind the five-year average, but soybeans are a little more forgiving than corn, so all-in-all the news is better on the planting front even with soggy weather plaguing some parts of the country. This week's report does show that 3% of the 2013 crop has emerged.
About 43% of the U.S. winter wheat crop has headed versus 62% for the five-year average. That's good news as the crop starts catching up to average and a boost from the 29% headed last week. Winter wheat condition remains at 39% poor to very poor, which is well behind quality for last year's crop. and only 32% of the crop is rated good to excellent. Last year at this time 58% of the crop received the top two ratings.
Cotton planting is still running behind at 39% versus the 52% average. There was a bump in acres planted last week, but the South has been dealing with wave-upon-wave of rain lately. Welcome rains in drought areas, but still planting is being slowed.
Truly, what a difference a year makes.
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