Cool Weather Continues to Hinder Corn, Beans and Wheat

Corn and soybean planting progress is improving but wheat is still slow developing.

Despite cool weather in the Midwest corn and soybean planting is progressing. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says corn planting has made some real strides.

"Eighty-eight percent planted now; that is slowly catching up with the five-year average, which is 94%," Rippey says. "We still see some pretty hefty delays with progress 10 points or more behind schedule in five states."

Rippey says soybeans are in a similar situation, with 52% planted compared to the five-year average of 67%. However six states have progress more than 20 points behind the five year-average.

"Ohio is the worst of all, with 31% planted versus 73% for the five-year average," Rippey says. "Just behind that is Illinois with 39% planted versus 75%."

There has been some excellent progress for corn in the Great Lakes region and for soybeans in North Dakota and Minnesota but emergence continues to lag far behind normal due to the cool, wet weather.

The cool weather is also delaying development of the winter wheat crop, although rains last week did help improve the crop condition. Rippey says 47% of the winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent, an increase from the week before; however the crop is only 64% headed compared to the five-year average of 76%.

"The crop has not yet begun heading in some of the far northern areas such as Montana, with only 1% headed; South Dakota and Michigan," Rippey says.

A few of the states in the South such as Arkansas and North Carolina report their wheat crop has fully headed.

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