USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (5/24): Persistent Cool, Wet Conditions Continue to Slow Planting

Continued cool and wet conditions in the Red River Valley area in Minnesota and North Dakota contributed to the slowest pace of spring wheat planting of the 21st century.

By May 22, only 49% of the crop had been planted, breaking the 2011 record of 54%, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Corn and soybean planting operations were also advancing at the slowest pace since 2019 but were catching up to five-year averages.

For the week ending May 21, widespread precipitation fell in the Northwest and from the northern and central Rockies eastward, with the heaviest rain (locally 2 to 4 inches or more) soaking the mid-South and lower Midwest.

As field conditions permitted, producers planted between showers.

By contrast, dry weather prevailed from California to the southern High Plains, further stressing rangeland, pastures, winter grains, and rain-fed summer crops.

For the full USDA report for May 24, click here.