USDA Weekly Crop Progress

Mon. Apr 27, 2015 3:37 PM

By Cheri Zagurski
DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn planting nationwide increased 10 percentage points during the week ended April 26 and 2% of the crop is emerged, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress and Conditions report released Monday.

Fields in wetter areas finally dried enough to allow machinery into the fields. Some of that field work was done between rains. But it got done.

This surge put corn planting two percentage points ahead of last year at this time, but progress remains 6 percentage points behind the five-year average. Emergence is 4 percentage points behind the average pace.

"Monday's report was neutral to bullish for corn with Southern states still lagging behind their usual pace of planting," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

An even bigger chunk of planting is expected to be completed this week, although soil temps in some areas remain below desired levels.

"Planting corn this morning," Kenton Thomas of Alexander County in western Illinois emailed DTN. "Supposed to be dry all week. Will be lots of corn planted this week. ... We should be done by week's end."

USDA reported soybean planting progress for the first time this growing season on Monday. Two percent of the nation's crop is in the ground, compared to 3% last year and a 4% five-year average.

"Monday's report should be viewed as neutral as there is plenty of time for planting ahead," Hultman said.

Winter wheat is 28% headed compared to 16% last week, 17% last year and a 24% average. Winter wheat condition declined to 20% poor to very poor, compared to 19% last week.

"DTN's Winter Wheat Condition Index dropped from 106 to 103," Hultman said. "DTN's index is up from 56 a year ago, and up from the five-year average of 96.8. Monday's report should be viewed as neutral for winter wheat with few changes noted."

Spring wheat is 55% planted and 9% emerged, compared to 17% and 4% last year and 29% and 9% on average. "The accelerated pace of planting is bearish for spring wheat," Hultman said.

Cotton is 10% planted, compared to 8% last week, 12% last year and a 16% average. Rice planting is 39% complete compared to 32% last week, 43% last year and a 54% average. Rice is 26% emerged, compared to 17% last week, 24% last year and a 34% average.

Sorghum planting is 24% complete compared to 19% last week, 26% last year and a 25% average. Oats are 71% planted and 43% emerged, compared to 59% and 32% last week, 52% and 36% last year and 60% and 43% on average. Barley is 56% planted and 18% emerged, compared to 32% and 10% last year and 35% and 9% on average.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Yr
Week Week Year Avg
Corn Planted 19 9 17 25
Corn Emerged 2 NA 3 6
Soybeans Planted 2 NA 3 4
Cotton Planted 10 8 12 16
Sorghum Planted 24 19 26 25
Rice Planted 39 32 43 54
Rice Emerged 26 17 24 34
Oats Planted 71 59 52 60
Oats Emerged 43 32 36 43
Winter Wheat Headed 28 16 17 24
Spring Wheat Planted 55 36 17 29
Spring Wheat Emerged 9 NA 4 9
Barley Planted 56 43 32 35
Barley Emerged 18 NA 10 9
National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wht 6 14 38 35 7 5 14 39 35 7 14 20 33 28 5

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