Corn planting 92% done, wheat crop improves slightly

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. corn crop was 92% completed as of May 20, up 14 percentage points from a week earlier and ahead of 86% as the 2002-06 average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest weekly Crop Progress report (click here to view report).

In the first comprehensive corn crop condition report of the season, the U.S.D.A. rated 78% of the crop good to excellent in the 18 major states, compared with 66% last year. The corn crop was 67% emerged, ahead of 56% as the average.

The condition of the winter wheat crop was rated 59% good to excellent, up slightly from 58% a week earlier and far better than 30% a year ago, when the crop condition was declining, the U.S.D.A. said. Rated poor to very poor was 16% of the crop, compared with 17% a week earlier and 42% last year. The crop was 68% headed in the 18 major producing states, even with the five-year average.

The condition of the hard winter wheat crop in Kansas was rated 40% good to excellent, up from 38% a week earlier, with 29% rated poor to very poor, improved from 32% the previous week.

Harvest of the hard red winter crop was reported at 1% by the Texas Field Office of the U.S.D.A., which was unchanged from a week ago.

The spring wheat crop was rated 81% good to excellent in the six major states as of May 20, up from 79% a week earlier and 76% a year ago. Spring wheat planting was 95% completed, up from 87% a week earlier and ahead of 86% as the five-year average. The crop was 74% emerged, ahead of 60% as the average.

Soybean planting in the 18 major states was 59% completed as of May 20, up from 32% a week earlier and ahead of 48% as the five-year average. The crop was 21% emerged, compared with 18% as the average.

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