USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report (May 3): Corn, Soybean Planting Pulls Ahead, Winter Wheat Quality Languishing

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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