The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows that only a little more corn has gone into the ground, but not in key corn producing states, though 2% of the crop has emerged. By this time in 2012 49% of the crop had been planted, well ahead of the 31% five year average. For 2013 the number is 5%.
Southern corn farmers are moving right along with 78% of the North Carolina crop planted, and 69% of the Texas crop in the ground, but that's about normal for the five-year average. Kentucky, which is normally 48% planted is being hindered by the same weather hitting other parts of the Corn Belt and only has 24% planted.
Key corn producing states report little progress with Iowa planting at 2%, well behind the 36% average; Indiana at 1% behind the 30% average and Illinois at 1%, also behind the average. Farmers across the Corn Belt have their planters poised almost at field edge just waiting for conditions to improve. However, weather may conspire against them later this week as more cold, wet weather is slated to arrive.
This Crop Progress Report will not include any activity from the weekend, where planters were rolling in key areas, that data will be available next Monday.
Meanwhile in wheat country, the winter wheat crop saw a slight dip in condition falling to 33% good to excellent from 35% last week. And the amount rated poor to very poor rose to 35% from 33% in the same period. Frost damage took its toll in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma as temps dipped last week.
About 14% of the crop has headed, well ahead of the five-year average, but that's in states including Arkansas, California, Texas and North Carolina.
And planters are rolling in some parts of spring wheat territory with 12% planted. That's well behind the 37% five-year average. And already 3% of the crop is out of the ground, but the average is 10%.
Continued cold, wet weather will impact key corn and wheat crops going into this week. Traders will be watching next week's numbers closely.
Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.