Hardly any progress was made in the last week for U.S. corn planting. According to the May 2 USDA Crop Progress and Condition Ratings reports, 13% of the U.S. corn crop is in the ground, only a 4% increase from last week’s 9%. The five-year average for this time period is 40% of U.S. corn planted.
North Carolina and Texas continue to lead the planting race with 88% and 79%, respectively. Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have each reach 1% planted, while North Dakota remains at zero progress.
So far, 5% of the U.S. corn crop has emerged. This compares to a five-year average of 9%.
Cotton Planting Slightly Behind
As of this week, 18% of the U.S. cotton crop has been planted. This compares to a five-year average of 24%. Arizona, California and Louisiana are all past the half-way point in cotton planting. Kansa and Missouri have yet to start.
Cotton Planting Mostly on Track
Cotton planting is only slightly behind the five-year average. Currently, 13% of the U.S. cotton crop is in the ground. The five-year average for this date is 16%. California is winning the cotton planting race, with 65% planted.
Rice Crop Emerging Well
U.S. rice planting is still more than 15% behind schedule, but what’s up is emerging well. Currently 49% of the crop is planted and 37% of that has emerged. The five-year average for rice emergence by this date is 42%.
Sorghum Planting Almost on Track
Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas have all planted at least half their portion for this year’s sorghum crop. These three states account for the majority of the sorghum planting progress. As of this week, 23% of the crop is in the ground, which compares to the five-year average of 27%.
Spring Wheat Planting Extremely Sluggish
The five-year average for spring wheat planting for this week is 43%. Right now, only 10% of the crop has been planted. Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota are struggling to get this year’s crop in the ground, as none of these states have reached 10% planted.
Winter Wheat Heading Ahead of Normal
As of this week, 33% of the U.S. winter wheat crop has headed, which compares to a five-year average of 29%. Last year, 26% of the crop had headed by this time.
Winter wheat condition is still struggling. Here are the current condition ratings:
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