WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Corn planting in the 18 major states fell behind its five-year average progress in the latest week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its May 19 Crop Progress report. Corn emergence lagged the five-year average more significantly but was well ahead of the previous week, the USDA said.
The USDA said 73% of the corn crop was planted as of May 18 compared with 76% as the average for the date. A week earlier, 59% of the crop was planted, which compared with 58% as the average progress for that date. Last year, 65% of the crop was planted by May 18.
Corn emergence in the latest week was 34% in the 18 major states compared with 18% a week earlier, 17% a year ago and 42% as the five-year average.
In top-producing Iowa, the crop was 84% planted as of May 18 compared with the five-year average of 88%. Illinois’ crop was 84% planted, well ahead of the state’s five-year average of 73%.
Corn futures closed at an 11-week low Monday after a spate of dry weather on the weekend, which was viewed as a further opportunity to make significant planting progress.
In several states, ratings were about steady compared with the previous week. Colorado wheat was rated 29% good to excellent, 31% fair (33%) and 40% poor to very poor (38%). Texas was 11% good to excellent, 22% fair (21%) and 67% very poor to poor (68%). In Montana, 64% was rated good to excellent (62%) and 29% fair (31%) and 7% poor to very poor. In South Dakota 59% was rated good to excellent, (64%), 38% fair (33%) and 3% very poor to poor.
33% of the soybean crop in the 18 major states was planted as of May 18, the USDA said, compared with 38% as the five-year average for the date. Soybeans were 9% emerged as of May 18, behind the 11% 2009-13 average.