Corn Planting Still on Track

April 19, 2011 05:19 AM

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:
North Carolina  34%
Missouri 26%
Tennessee 20%
Kansas 17%

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.
See the Cotton Planting Progress report.  

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:
Texa 86%
Louisiana 81%
Arkansas 35%
Mississippi 32%
Missouri 7%
California 0%
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%
Poor: 21%
Fair: 26%
Good: 30%
Excellent: 6%


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