May 13, 2020
US corn crop goes ahead five-year average with 67% planted
According to the USDA on Monday, US corn is being planted with 67% of the crop in the ground, ahead of a five-year average of 56%, reported Successful Farming.
The USDA released its Cop Progress Report that shows emergence of both corn and soybean crops are ahead of averages.
Individual states such as Iowa have 91% planted versus a five-year average of 66%. Illinois farmers are 68% done versus a 66% five-year average, and Indiana farmers have completed 51% of their corn plantings versus a 42% five-year average.
Meanwhile, 24% of the nation's corn has emerged versus a 22% five-year average.
USDA rated the nation's soybean planting completion rate at 38% versus a 23% five-year average.
Both Illinois and Indiana have 43% and 37% planted, respectively. Each of those states is well ahead of its average pace.
In Iowa, farmers have 71% of their soybeans planted versus a 24% five-year average.
Meanwhile, 7% of the US soybean crop has emerged versus a 4% five-year average.
In its report Monday, the USDA rated the US winter wheat crop as 53% good/excellent, lower than 55% a week ago. Also, 44% of the crop is headed, below the 50% five-year average.
Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA report.
"The nonprobability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Based on standard definitions, these respondents subjectively estimate the progress of crops through various stages of development, as well as the progress of producer activities. They also provide subjective evaluations of crop conditions," the USDA stated.
Most respondents complete their questionnaires on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, according to the USDA report.