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USDA Weekly Crop Progress
Monday, May 4, 2015 3:37PM CDT

By Cheri Zagurski
DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn producers were busy in the week ended May 3, as 55% of the crop is now in the ground, compared to 19% last week and a five-year average of 38%, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress report.

"Monday's report was bearish for corn due to this week's big jump in planting progress," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

Nine percent of the nation's corn is emerged, compared to 2% last week and a 12% average.

Soybean plantings increased by 11 percentage points to 13% planted, compared to 2% last week and a 9% average. "Monday's report should be viewed as bearish due to the good start in planting," Hultman said.

Corn planting is near complete in central Illinois, according to producer Cory Ritter, and soybeans are coming along nicely. "I would guess it's over 50% complete," he wrote DTN. "Most will finish [beans] this week.

"These warm temps have caused the corn to pop out of the ground everywhere. It's always nice to see after many fields had corn in two weeks before it decided to show up. A rain would be welcomed. ... The ground that has been worked more than once is getting dry. I know the north part of the county is really needing a drink."

Winter wheat is 43% headed compared to 28% last week and 34% on average. "DTN's Winter Wheat Condition Index inched up, from 103 to 105," Hultman said. "DTN's index is up from 43 a year ago, and up from the five-year average of 92.4. Monday's report should be viewed as neutral to bearish with headed wheat ahead of schedule and crop ratings staying above the five-year average."

Spring wheat is 75% planted and 30% emerged compared to 55% and 9% last week and 40% and 16% on average. "The accelerated paces of planting and emerging are bearish for spring wheat," Hultman said.

Cotton is 17% planted, compared to 10% last week and a 22% average. Rice is 61% planted and 37% emerged, compared to 39% and 26% last week and 62% and 45% five-year averages.

Sorghum is 29% planted, compared to 24% last week and a 28% average. Oats are 85% planted and 57% emerged, compared to 71% and 43% last week and 67% and 50% averages. Barley is 75% planted and 39% emerged, compared to 56% and 18% last week and 47% and 17% on average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Yr
Week Week Year Avg
Corn Planted 55 19 28 38
Corn Emerged 9 2 6 12
Soybeans Planted 13 2 5 9
Cotton Planted 17 10 16 22
Sorghum Planted 29 24 28 28
Rice Planted 61 39 55 62
Rice Emerged 37 26 37 45
Oats Planted 85 71 56 67
Oats Emerged 57 43 41 50
Winter Wheat Headed 43 28 27 34
Spring Wheat Planted 75 55 25 40
Spring Wheat Emerged 30 9 7 16
Barley Planted 75 56 44 47
Barley Emerged 39 18 16 17
National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Winter Wht 6 14 37 35 8 6 14 38 35 7 17 21 31 26 5

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(AG)


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