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27% of U.S. corn, 18% of soybeans planted

The U.S. corn and soybean planting paces remain ahead of average. That was despite heavy rainfall and severe storms in parts of the Midwest and Plains late last week and early this week, with more rain in the forecast for parts of the region midweek, but that increased soil moisture should be beneficial for early development.

The USDA says 27% of U.S. corn is planted, compared to the five-year average of 22%, with 7% of the crop emerged, compared to 4% on average.

18% of soybeans are planted nationally, compared to 10% normally in late April.

49% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, 1% less than last week, but 21% more than this time last year, and 30% of the crop has headed, compared to 21% on average.

34% of spring wheat has been planted, compared to the typical rate of 19%, and 5% has emerged, matching the average.

15% of cotton is planted, compared to the usual pace of 10%.

72% of rice is planted and 48% has emerged, both well ahead of their respective five-year averages.

19% of sorghum is planted, compared to 20% on average.

Average national soil moisture levels improved across the U.S. last week.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports run through the end of November.

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