Planting Springs Forward

Corn and soybean planting progress made large gains last week.

Published on: Jun 3, 2008

Even with wet weather in several parts of the Midwest, corn planting has just about caught up to normal levels according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.

"Moving ahead to almost completion at 95% by June 1; the five-year average is 98%," Rippey says. "Similar numbers for soybeans now with 69% planted; that is up 17 points from last week."

Despite the large gain over the past week, soybeans are still 12 points below the five-year average and wet weather is still causing problems with crop emergence.

"Corn now just 74% emerged. The five-year average is 89%, and that is despite emergence that has been 48% in the past two weeks," Rippey says.