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USDA Weekly Crop Progress
Monday, April 20, 2015 3:41PM CDT

By Cheri Zagurski
DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) -- Spring wheat planting jumped 19 percentage points in the week ended April 19, but corn planting only increased 6 percentage points in that time, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress and Conditions reports.

The nation's corn was 9% planted compared to 2% last week and a 13% five-year average. "Illinois was 15% planted and Iowa came in at 7%," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. "Tennessee and Kentucky remain far behind their typical paces. Monday's report was neutral for corn as it is still early in the season."

Doug Zillinger in north-central Kansas, told DTN last week it was too dry to plant. Today he emailed this note: "IT RAINED!! IT RAINED!!! IT RAINED!!!! About 2.20 (inches) here ... Now we will reassess the field work situation and get with it!"

Spring wheat was 36% planted compared to 17% last week and a 19% average. "The advanced pace of planting is bearish for spring wheat, but weather will provide the more important factor," Hultman said.

Winter wheat was 16% headed compared to 6% last week and a 15% average. "Forth-two percent of winter wheat was rated good to excellent, the same as a week ago, and this kept the DTN Winter Wheat Condition Index at 106. DTN's index is up from 60 a year ago, and up from the five-year average of 99.8," Hultman said.

"Monday's report should be viewed as neutral to bearish for winter wheat, with the weekend's rains likely to help next week's crop ratings," Hultman said.

Cotton was 8% planted as of Sunday, compared to 4% last week and an 11% average. Rice was 32% planted and 17% emerged, compared to 26% and 8% last week and 42% and 23% averages.

Sorghum was 19% planted compared to 16% last week and a 22% average. Oats were 59% planted, compared to 43% last week and a 53% average. Oats were 32% emerged. Barley was 43% planted compared to 24% on average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Yr
Week Week Year Avg
Corn Planted 9 2 6 13
Cotton Planted 8 4 9 11
Sorghum Planted 19 16 23 22
Rice Planted 32 26 31 42
Rice Emerged 17 8 15 23
Oats Planted 59 43 42 53
Oats Emerged 32 28 30 37
Winter Wheat Headed 16 6 8 15
Spring Wheat Planted 36 17 9 19
Barley Planted 43 27 24 24
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 5 14 39 35 7 5 14 39 35 7 13 20 33 29 5

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(AG)


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