Nationally, soybean planting caught up with the average pace: USDA reports 74% of the soybeans planted as of May 30, compared with only 60% last year and 75% on average for the past five years. Ohio lags substantially, with only 64% in the ground, vs. 84% on average. Tennessee also is behind, at 48% vs. 60% average; North Dakota has 69% in vs. 76% average; and Missouri has only 48% vs. 59% average.
Those four lagging states accounted for 20% of the acreage last year. However, we are still in the typically most active planting period for those states and their usual completion date still lies ahead.
The percent of soybeans emerged nationally is 46% vs. a 44% average.
The corn crop is virtually all planted and emergence is ahead of average at 85% vs. 80% nationally.
Corn crop conditions are 15% excellent and 61% good; only 4% is poor or very poor. Soybean conditions are expected next week.
Winter wheat is little changed from last week and is in much better condition than a year ago, with 14% excellent, 51% good and 26% fair.