U.S. corn planting went to 13% done as of Sunday as warm, dry weather had farmers rush to fields late last week and plant through the weekend.
The 13% planting was close to trade forecast of 14% to 15% done. A year ago 7% was planted and the average was 8%.
Winter wheat improved slightly, as expected, to 57% from the previous week’s 56%. Rain that began late last week in the Plains and continued through the weekend offset some of the damage from drought and a few bouts of freezing weather.
However, despite the rain, Kansas wheat slipped to 49% good to excellent from last week’s 50%. Oklahoma wheat improved to 56% from 54%, while Texas wheat was unchanged at 45%.
“Much of the western half of the state received two or more inches of rain, while northeastern counties received only limited amounts,”’ the Kansas report said. “Topsoil moisture rated 13% very short, 28% short, 51% adequate, and 8% surplus.”
Spring wheat planting went to 27% versus 31% a year ago the 19% average.
USDA said it will add corn emergence and soybean planting progress next week.
In the Midwest, Iowa corn was 13% planted versus 5% a year ago, Illinois went to 12% from 11% last year, Indiana was at 1% unchanged from a year ago, and Missouri was at 58% versus 7% a year ago.
Nationally, sorghum was 16% planted versus 18% a year ago and the 21% average.
Cotton was 7% planted versus 7% a year ago and the 10% average.
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