Crop Progresses In Saturated Soils

May 17, 2010 06:13 AM

USDA today reported corn 87% planted, compared with a five-year average of 78%. More than half the crop (55%) has emerged, well above the average of 39%. 
Despite wet and even severe weather through many states, soybean planting is pegged at 38% versus an average of 35%, and 13% have emerged versus an average of 9%.
Cotton planting is 47% percent complete compared with an average of 46%.
At 55%, spring wheat planting is ahead of the 47% average. Winter wheat heading is behind, however, at 52% instead of the average 56%.
These estimates are generated from reports provided by 5,000 reporters whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Weather events and reporter comments are taken into consideration. State estimates are submitted to the federal level, where they are compared with surrounding states.

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