The condition of the country's winter wheat worsened still further during the week ending May 2, but the planting of corn and soybeans pulled well ahead of the four-year average.
Today's U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress Report, shows just 48% of winter wheat in 18 selected states is rated as good or excellent, down from 49% the previous week and 53% the previous two weeks.
After setting back corn planting the week before, the cool spring warmed up, allowing farmers to plant 46% of the year's corn crop, vs. a 36% average, and 24% of soybeans, vs. 11%, each in 18 selected states.
About 49% of spring wheat had been planted and 20% of sorghum, each in six selected states.
Among top corn-producing states, Iowa, in particular, made huge progress planting corn, going from 20% of the crop planted the previous week to 69% last week, compared to a five-year average of 45%.
To see the full USDA report for May 3, click here.
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