Despite recent dry weather, the majority of spring-planted crops are looking good.
Warmer-than-normal conditions have prevailed across much of the nation in May, promoting a rapid fieldwork pace and promoting crop development. USDA reports that portions of the Great Lakes region, Corn Belt, and Southwest recorded temperatures more than 10°F above average.
Conversely, storm systems have recently delivered cooler weather and much-needed moisture to Texas, allowing producers in some locations to decrease irrigation on their crops. Elsewhere, the Corn Belt, Delta, and areas west of the Rocky Mountains were relatively dry during the week.
Hot and dry is how many farmers are summing up this spring, according to reports to AgWeb’s Crop Comments
"2012 crop growing season is setting up to be the same as 2011 only 2 months earlier, hot and dry," says a farmer from Warren County, Ill. "The next 3 weeks will be critical for both corn and beans in our area."
In Gibson County, Tenn., a farmer says corn and soybeans are in bad shape. "We’ve had two tenths of rain here since April 4, with no rain in 7-day forecast."
A farmer from Seneca, Kan., says corn and soybeans have all been planted since May 5 and everything is looking good. "Overall, crops are looking good. Hopefully we get some rain; the only good thing about stressing this corn right now is it's really putting a lot of energy into root growth."
As of May 27, USDA reports crops are receiving high crop condition ratings.
Here’s a snapshot of ratings for emerged crops:
As of this week, 92% of the corn crop is emerged, which is significantly ahead of the five-year average of 69%. Boosted by favorable growing conditions throughout much of spring, corn planting advanced at the quickest pace on record, according to USDA. Warm weather across the nation’s mid-section promoted rapid crop development.
Currently, 89% of soybeans are planted, which is way ahead of the 61% five-year average for this date. Normally, only 30% of soybeans are emerged by the end of May, but this year 61% are emerged. See AgWeb's Soybean Planting Map.
Cotton planting is on track. Currently 76% is planted, which is comparable with the five-year average of 70%.
Nearly the entire spring wheat crop is emerged, which is way ahead of five-year average of 68% at this date.
Rice planting is 99% complete, with 92% of the crop emerged.
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