Just as an Iowa farmer sent a text to this reporter showing himself planting soybeans, the USDA released its first of the year Crop Progress Report.
As of Sunday, the U.S. had 2% of the corn crop planted, equal to the five-year average, according to the USDA.
There haven’t been enough soybeans seeded to report any progress.
Weather experts see an ideal weather scenario for early planting in the Corn Belt.
In its report, the USDA indicated that Kansas has seen 5.8 days that farmers could work in the fields. Nebraska and North Dakota had over 5 days of fieldwork this past week. Michigan and Minnesota farmers have had over 4 days of fieldwork, and Iowa farmers recorded 4.3 days.
As of Sunday, Kansas farmers seeded 2% of this year’s corn crop. Missouri and North Carolina farmers have planted 1% of their corn crops.SOYBEANS
As of Sunday, the USDA did not have a progress percentage to report.
In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. winter spring crop as 3% planted vs. a 2% five-year average.
Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA report. “The non-probability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Based on standard definitions, these respondents subjectively estimate the progress of crops through various stages of development, as well as the progress of producer activities. They also provide subjective evaluations of crop conditions,” the USDA stated in its Monday report.
Most respondents complete their questionnaires on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the report.