The May 18 Crop Progress report from the USDA showed a slower planting pace over the past week, with corn planting progress dropping back behind the five-year average and soybeans lagging further behind. The good news is that both corn and soybeans are emerging in most states.
Corn planting progress progressed in the last week to 73% overall planted. The average pace for this week is 76%. Just a few states have planted less than half of their corn acres: Michigan (29%), North Dakota (17%) and Wisconsin (36%).
The corn crop continues to emerge in all states but North Dakota, which has yet to see any corn above the ground. Thirty-four percent of the overall corn crop has emerged, lagging behind the average pace of 42%.
Soybean planting continues to progress, with one-third of the crop now in the ground, compared to an average of 38%. All states have planted soybeans as of this week, but only three states have planted more than half of their respective soybean crops: Louisiana (87%), Mississippi (73%) and Nebraska (65%). North Dakota finally got on the soybean board and has 5% of its soybean crop in the ground, well behind the 25% five-year average.
Nearly 10% of the planted soybeans have started to emerge, and all but three states have seen them pop up (Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin). The average emergence rate is 11%.