For this week, U.S. corn planting in the 18 states that planted 92% of the 2010 corn acreage fell one percentage point behind the five-year average. Currently 7% of the 2011 corn crop is in the ground. This compares to last year when 16% of the crop was planted by this date.
Texas is still leading the pack in corn planting, with 57% of the crop in the grown. Here’s a rundown of the other states that are making the most progress:
Cotton Planting Slightly Behind
For cotton, the five-year average is 12% by this date. Currently 9% of the U.S. cotton crop is planted. Last year, 10% was in the ground by this date.
California has 35% of its crop planted, followed by Louisiana which is 28% complete.
Rice Planting Barely Ahead of Schedule
Of the six states that planted the 2010 U.S. rice acreage, all but two states are more than 30% complete with planting.
Here’s the rice planting progress line-up:
Rice emergence is also slightly ahead of schedule. Eighteen percent of the U.S. rice crop is emerged, which compares to a five-year average of 14%. The Texas crop is the furthest along, with 68% emerged.
Sorghum Planting on Schedule
Currently 21% of the U.S. sorghum crop is planted. Last year by this date, 20% was planted and the five-year average is 22%.
Louisiana is miles ahead in sorghum planting progress with 90% of its crop in the ground.
Slow Planting Progress for Spring Wheat
The five-year average for spring wheat planting by this week is 12%. This year, only 5% has been planted.
Washington has 40% planted, followed closely by Idaho with 35% planted. Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota are lagging far behind with not even 10% planted.
Winter Wheat Condition Still Struggling
The majority of the U.S. winter wheat crop condition is ranked at fair or worse, according to this week’s report. Last year, nearly 70% was ranked as good or excellent.
Here’s how this year’s crop is stacking up:
Very poor: 17%