80% of the U.S. Corn Crop Has Been Seeded, USDA Reports
Over Half of the U.S. Soybean Crop is in the Ground
By Mike McGinnis, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 5/18/2020
INDIANOLA, Iowa ó The U.S. corn and soybean planting paces remain way above their averages, but below trade expectations, according to the USDA Monday.
On Monday, the USDA released its Cop Progress Report that shows U.S. farmers have 80% of the corn crop in the ground, ahead of a five-year average of 71%, but below the tradeís expectation of 81%.
Individual states such as Iowa have 96% planted, Illinois 83%, Indiana 72%, and Nebraska 91%.
Meanwhile, 43% of the nationís corn has emerged vs. a 40% five-year average.
USDA rated the nationís soybean planting completion rate at 53% vs. a 38% five-year average, but below a five-year average of 56%.
Both Illinois and Indiana have 59% and 56% planted, respectively. Each of those states is well ahead of its average pace.
In Iowa, farmers have 86% of their soybeans planted, while Nebraska farmers have 78% of their beans planted.
Meanwhile, 18% of the U.S. soybean crop has emerged vs. a 12% five-year average.