This week’s Crop Progress report from the USDA shows 91 percent of corn has emerged in the top 18 corn-growing states as of June 7. That compares with 90 percent a year ago and 90 percent for the five-year average for the date.
Wet, cool weather has delayed planting and germination in some areas. Colorado, with 72 percent of corn emerged, is well behind the year-ago pace of 93 percent. Kansas, with 79 percent emerged, also is behind the year-ago figure of 94 percent and the five-year average of 93 percent for the date.
States in the central Corn Belt such as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio are either ahead of or very close to last year and the five-year average.
Condition of the corn crop is rated very similar to last year at this time, with 13 percent in excellent condition nationally, 64 percent good, 22 percent fair, 3 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.
We weather appears to have delayed some soybean planting. The report lists 79 percent of soybeans planted in the top 18 soy-growing states, compared with 86 percent at the same time last year and 81 percent for the five-year average.
View the full Crop Progress report from the USDA.