3% of U.S. corn planted

U.S. farmers made some modest corn planting progress last week.

As of Sunday, 3% of this year’s corn crop has been planted, compared to the five-year average of 2%, with many areas expected to make good progress this week thanks to a generally warmer, drier pattern in most of the Corn Belt.

27% of winter wheat is in good to excellent shape, 1% lower than last week, largely due to dry weather in the southwestern Plains, with 7% of the crop headed, compared to 4% on average.

1% of spring wheat is planted, compared to the typical rate of 4% because of the recent snowfall in parts of the northern Plains.

6% of cotton is planted, compared to 7% normally in early-to-mid April.

22% of rice has been planted and 13% has emerged, both slightly ahead of average.

13% of sorghum is planted, compared to the usual pace of 15%.

The USDA’s next national crop progress and condition report is out on Monday, April 17th.

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