As corn planting nears completion, corn emergence remains within two percentage points of the five-year average according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While progress remains on track, this first report showing information on crop condition indicates that acres rated in good or excellent condition sit seven percentage points lower than it did at this time last year.
With 91 percent of total corn acres planted and 73 percent emerged by May 28, progress fell only two percentage points short of the five-year average in both categories.
Emergence progress surpassed the five-year average by the largest margin in North Dakota, with emerged acres 12 percentage points over the five-year average. MIchigan saw the greatest lags in progress with acres emerged totaling 16 percentage points lower than the five-year average.
Crop condition forecasts appeared strongest in Southern states with Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee showing more than 80 percent of acres in good or excellent condition.
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