Brownfield Ag News reports:
U.S. farmers made solid progress planting corn and soybeans last week. That was despite rain in some key growing areas, with more in the forecast for parts of the Midwest and Plains this week.
The USDA says 49% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to 26% a week ago and the five-year average of 42%, with 12% emerged, compared to 11% on average.
35% of soybeans are planted as of Sunday, compared to 19% last week and 21% on average, with 9% emerged, compared to 4% typically in early May.
29% of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, 1% above the previous week and matching a year ago, and 38% has headed, compared to 35% on average.
24% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 38% normally this time of year due to wet weather in the northern Plains, with 5% emerged, compared to 11% on average.
22% of cotton is planted, compared to the five-year average of 23%.
72% of rice is planted and 55% has emerged, both solidly ahead of their usual respective paces.
24% of sorghum has been planted, matching the typical rate.
33% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, 11% above the first rating of 2022.