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Finally, Planting Progress

Mother Nature eased up on the rain in some areas last week, even as new flooding gained ground. USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report showed South Dakota had 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork; Nebraska 2.6; Kansas 2.4 and Iowa 1.3.

That allowed South Dakotans to boost corn planting by 19 percentage points to reach 44% of their planned acreage.

CORN

Percent Planted
June 2

Improvement from
May 26

Average Planted
to Date

Iowa

80%

4%

99%

Kansas

79

9

93

Nebraska

88

7

98

South Dakota

44

19

96

18 States

67

9

96

 

SOYBEANS

Percent Planted
June 2

Improvement from
May 26

Average Planted
to Date

Iowa

41%

9%

89%

Kansas

26

4

53

Nebraska

64

8

87

South Dakota

14

8

82

18 States

39

10

79



Grain sorghum bumped up from 28% to 35%; the average at this point in the planting season is 53%. Kansas has only 8% of its crop in and Nebraska 36% vs. an average of 26% and 70% respectively.

Less than half the normal percentage of sunflowers have been planted (19% compared to 44%). At a point when an average of 61% of its sunflowers are in the ground, South Dakota reports 0% planted. Kansas, at 17 percent, is just two points behind its average.

Spring wheat planting is further along with 93% of the acreage in the six reporting states completed, only 3 points behind average. As with other crops, South Dakota lags -- 86% vs. its average of 99%.

Next moves

With most of our service area now past its final plant date for corn, FCSAmerica has provided a brief review of remaining production options.


 Winter wheat

Ten percentage points more winter wheat is heading now than last week, though the current 76% is still behind the 84% average. Kansas is only 2 points behind its 97% average, but Nebraska is 30 points behind its 75% average.

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