The major soybean-growing states have now brought soybean planting progress back to five-year levels. This week, according to the USDA Crop Progress and Condition reports, soybean planting is at 84 percentage points complete, a significant jump from last week's 74 percentage points complete.
In soybean emergence, Iowa, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Illinois all saw increases of more than 5% from their yearly average. Minnesota jumped 14 points from 69% to 83% of total soybeans emerging.
Missouri and North Dakota both fell below their state average while still increasing the percentage of soybeans emerged from the year before, with North Dakota increasing from 33% in 2009 to 53% in 2010. South Dakota fell from 49% in 2009 to 41% in 2010, with a 46% average.
Corn crop emergence has increased from a national average of 91% to 94%, with the majority of states seeing an emergence percentage of more than 90%.
Corn crop conditions show 18% excellent, 58% good, 19% fair and 5% poor or very poor.
Winter wheat has changed little from last week, with conditions looking at 14% excellent, 52% good, and 25% fair.