Corn and soybean seedings have made expected progress, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.
As of Sunday, the U.S. had 8% of the corn crop planted, equal to its five-year average.
In its report, the USDA rated soybean planting progress at 3% vs. 2%.
As of Sunday, Illinois farmers seeded 12% of this year’s corn crop vs. an 8% five-year average. Indiana farmers have planted 7% of their corn vs. a 3% five-year average. Iowa farmers have put 4% of their corn in the ground vs. a 5% five-year average. So far, North Carolina has 40% of its corn planted vs. a 40% five-year average.
Also, 2% of the corn that has been planted has emerged vs. a 1% five-year average.
As of Sunday, the USDA rated the nation’s soybean crop as 3% planted vs. a 2% five-year average. Mississippi has 15% of its crop in the ground vs. a 25% five-year average. Illinois farmers have 5% of their soybeans planted vs. a 1% five-year average. Indiana’s farmers have seeded 4% of their soybeans vs. a 1% five-year average. Ohio’s crop is 5% complete.
In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. spring crop as 19% planted vs. a 12% five-year average.
The U.S. winter wheat crop is rated as 53% good/excellent, equal to a week ago.
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.