May 23 | USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

May 24, 2016

USDA’s May 23rd Weekly Crop Progress and Condition report shows farmers in the eastern part of the corn belt are lagging behind. Unplanted acres can be inferred from the reported numbers. Former University of Illinois Agricultural Economist John Newton, whom you may follow on Twitter has done the math. Nationally 50 million acres of corn and soybeans remain unplanted. About 5 million of those are corn acres in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Twelve and half million acres of soybeans have yet to be sown in those three states.

Given that, USDA’s report shows 86% of the corn around the nation has been planted. This is nearly on pace with the rolling 5 year average. 60% of the crop is up and growing… that’s 5 points ahead of average. 56% of the soybeans are planted and 22% have emerged. Those numbers are both close to average.

The winter wheat crop, which came out of dormancy about 3 weeks early, remains ahead of the game. 75% of the crop has now headed. Normally that number is 66%. The condition of the crop this week is the same as last with 30% fair, 51% good, and 11% excellent.
Now here are the statisticians from Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa with their regional updates.