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USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report
By Anthony Greder
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:37AM CDT

This article was originally posted at 3:08 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 1. It was last updated at 4:16 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 1.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn planting steadily moved toward the finish line while soybean planting reached the three-quarters finished mark last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 93% of the nation's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, May 31, a gain of 5 percentage points last week. This year's current progress is 29 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 89%.

"The only states lagging their five-year averages in corn planting are North Dakota, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Seventy-eight percent of corn had emerged, 36 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 73%.

NASS estimated that 74% of the corn crop was rated in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, up 4 percentage points from the previous week, but down from 79% at about the same time in 2018.

Meanwhile, soybean planting moved ahead 10 percentage points last week to reach 75% complete as of Sunday. That put this year's current progress 39 percentage points ahead of last year's pace and 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 68%.

"North Dakota was the farthest behind its usual pace in soybean planting, at 51% planted," Hultman said.

Soybean emergence was estimated at 52% as of Sunday, well ahead of last year's 17% and also ahead of the five-year average of 44%.

In its first soybean condition report of the season, NASS estimated that 70% of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition, down from 75% in 2018.

Spring wheat planting continued to close the gap between this year's progress and the five-year average. An estimated 91% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, 1 percentage point ahead of last year and just 5 percentage points behind the five-year average of 96%.

"Key spring wheat producer North Dakota was 85% planted, 10 points behind average, while Minnesota was 97% planted," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Spring wheat emergence jumped to 67% last week, ahead of last year's 63% but 13 percentage points behind the average of 80%.

In its first spring wheat condition report of the season, NASS estimated that 80% of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition.

After rising the previous week, winter wheat conditions fell last week. NASS estimated that 51% of the nation's winter wheat was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, down 3 percentage points from 54% the previous week. The current good-to-excellent rating is below last year's 64%.

"Condition ratings in some key winter-wheat-producing states were Kansas at 42% good to excellent with 25% very poor to poor, and Illinois at 56% good to excellent and 14% very poor to poor," Mantini said. "Montana wheat condition was 80% good to excellent, Nebraska was 64% good to excellent and Oklahoma was 56% good to excellent. Colorado's wheat crop continues to be in the poorest condition, with 31% good to excellent and 41% very poor to poor."

Seventy-seven percent of winter wheat was headed at the end of last week compared to 73% last year at the same time and a five-year average of 81%. Notable laggards were Michigan, with just 20% headed, 10 points behind average; Nebraska at 41% headed versus 66% average; and South Dakota at 23% headed versus 35% average, Mantini said.

Winter wheat harvest was 3% done as of Sunday, near the five-year average of 2%. Texas was 32% harvested compared to a 21% average, and Arkansas was 14% harvested compared to an average of 6%, Mantini noted.

To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.

National Crop Progress Summary
ThisLastLast5-Year
WeekWeekYearAvg.
Corn Planted93886489
Corn Emerged78644273
Soybeans Planted75653668
Soybeans Emerged52351744
Winter Wheat Headed77687381
Winter Wheat Harvested3NA12
Spring Wheat Planted91819096
Spring Wheat Emerged67516380
Cotton Planted66536766
Cotton Squaring8NA77
Sorghum Planted49393346
Barley Planted93869296
Barley Emerged74626881
Oats Planted96938997
Oats Emerged86787489
Oats Headed27NA2229
Rice Planted93898996
Rice Emerged81717286

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This WeekLast WeekLast Year
VPPFGEVPPFGEVPPFGE
Corn1322611314255812NANANANANA
Soybean13266010NANANANANANANANANANA
Winter Wheat613304385113046827275014
Spring Wheat1118728NANANANANA14216311
Cotton1748395NANANANANA31041388
Rice-2295514123551111632529
Sorghum2430568NANANANANANANANANANA
Oats13255912-32362123534517
Barley-130618-231616-1117810

Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com

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