Crop Progress Slows Somewhat; Still Moving Ahead as of Sunday

(WASHINGTON D.C.)– Rain across parts of the country slowed fieldwork just a bit last week but the overall pace continues to be good for planting progress this spring.

Nationwide corn and soybean planting is now 65% and 49% complete respectively as of Sunday. Corn is 20% ahead of last year and 6% ahead of the five year average pace while soybeans are 22% ahead of last year and 13% ahead of the five year average. Both Illinois and Iowa continue to be leaders in the main Corn Belt states with Iowa 86% planted for corn and Illinois 84% planted as of Sunday. Illinois us 77% done with soybeans and Iowa is 69% complete with soybean planting.

Delays continue in the Northern Plains as North Dakota is lagging behind in corn, soybean and spring wheat planting. The state is only 5% complete on corn, 2% on soybeans and 20% planted for spring wheat as of Sunday. All of those totals are well behind average.

Minnesota corn planting is now 61% complete with soybeans at 30% and spring wheat 28% complete as of Sunday. South Dakota is 49% planted for corn and 29% planted for soybeans while spring wheat is 84% planted as of Sunday across the state.

Sugarbeet planting in Minnesota is now 75% complete and North Dakota is 60% complete as Sunday while sunflower planting is just getting started across the Dakotas.

Corn emergence is looking good nationwide with 30% emerged as of Sunday and soybeans are 20% emerged nationwide. Read the full report here:

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