Marc Schober is the editor of Farmland Forecast an educational blog devoted to investments in agriculture and farmland.
Crop Progress: 37% Lag in Corn Planting
May 13, 2013
Wet and cold weather persisted throughout the Corn Belt last week, although some farmers have been able to plant due to improving, regional, conditions. Anxious farmers sowed 16% of the 2013 corn crop last week alone. The weather forecast moving forward is warmer with a chance of a storm system moving into the Corn Belt later this week.
As of May 12, 2013 only 28% of the U.S. corn crop has been planted. Farmers are concerned as the five year average at this point of the year is 65% planted. Corn that has emerged was at 5%, down 23% from the five year average. Soybeans planted as of May 12, 2013 was at 6%, behind the five year average of 24%.
Winter wheat conditions are at 39% of the crop in poor or very poor condition, compared to only 14% at the same time last year. Winter wheat in good or excellent condition is 32%, compared to 60% last year. Last year at this time, 51% of winter wheat had headed, but only 29% has headed this year. As of May 12, 2013, 43% of the spring wheat crop has been planted, lagging the five year average of 63%.
The July corn contract increased by 3.0% over the past week ending at $6.55 per bushel, soybean prices increased by 3.7% over the past week ending at $14.19 per bushel, and wheat prices ended the week at $7.09 per bushel, a 1.0% increase from last week. Year-over-year corn prices are up 3.1%, soybeans are up 1.0%, and wheat is up 2.0%.
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