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USDA Crop Progress Report     05/10 15:49

   Corn, Soybean Planting Move Further Ahead of Average Pace

   U.S. corn was 67% planted and soybeans were 42% planted as of Sunday, May 9, 
USDA NASS reported on Monday.

Anthony Greder
DTN Managing Editor

   This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 10. It 
was last updated at 3:49 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 10.

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   OMAHA (DTN) -- Mostly favorable weather across much of the U.S. last week 
allowed farmers to push corn and soybean planting progress further ahead of the 
five-year averages for both crops, according to USDA NASS' weekly Crop Progress 
report released Monday.

   Corn planting progress saw another significant jump last week -- 21 
percentage points -- to reach 67% complete as of Sunday, May 9. That puts this 
year's planting pace 15 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 52% 
and further ahead of average than the previous week when planting was running 
10 percentage points ahead of average.

   "Iowa corn is 86% planted, Minnesota is at 85% and Illinois is at 67%," said 
DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Eastern Corn Belt states are lagging, with 
Ohio at 27%, Pennsylvania at 33% and Indiana at 46% planted."

   Corn emergence also moved ahead of average for the first time this growing 
season, with 20% of the crop emerged as of Sunday compared to the five-year 
average of 19%.

   Like with corn, soybean planting also pulled further ahead of the average 
pace last week. NASS estimated that 42% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, 
20 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 22%. That is further 
ahead of average than the previous week when planting was running 13 percentage 
points ahead of average.

   "Nationwide, soybean planting is off to the fastest start in at least 12 
years," Mantini said. "Iowa soybeans are 67% planted versus the average of 30%, 
Illinois is at 57% compared to 25%, and Minnesota is 65% planted -- 40 points 
ahead of the average pace."

   Ten percent of planted soybeans had emerged, 6 percentage points ahead of 
the average of 4%.

   Spring wheat planting also remained well ahead of normal last week, at 70% 
complete as of Sunday, 19 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 
51%. Spring wheat emerged was estimated at 29%, 9 percentage points ahead of 
the five-year average of 20%.

   "North Dakota, last year's largest spring wheat producer, is 66% planted 
compared to the average of 42%, and Minnesota is 97% planted versus the average 
of 52%, while Montana planting is close to the average pace," Mantini said. 

   Meanwhile, development of winter wheat continued to trail the normal pace. 
Winter wheat heading was estimated at 38% as of Sunday, just 4 percentage 
points behind last year's 42% but 8 percentage points behind the five-year 
average of 46%.

   Winter wheat condition improved to 49% good to excellent, up 1 percentage 
point from 48% the previous week but still below last year's rating of 53%.

   "The latest rating is roughly in the middle of where winter wheat crop 
ratings have fallen the past 12 years," Mantini said. "Fifty-three percent of 
the wheat crop in Kansas is rated good to excellent, down 2 points from a week 
ago."

   Sorghum was 22% planted, 6 percentage points ahead of average. Cotton 
planting was 25% complete, 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. 
Rice was 74% planted, and 52% of the crop had emerged.

   Oats were 85% planted as of Sunday, and emergence was at 60%, both ahead of 
average.

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   To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics 
Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/. Look for 
the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you 
wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & 
Condition" report.

National Crop Progress Summary
                                        This     Last     Last     5-Year
                                        Week     Week     Year     Avg.
Corn Planted                            67       46       65       52
Corn Emerged                            20       8        22       19
Soybeans Planted                        42       24       36       22
Soybeans Emerged                        10       NA       6        4
Cotton Planted                          25       16       30       26
Winter Wheat Headed                     38       27       42       46
Spring Wheat Planted                    70       49       40       51
Spring Wheat Emerged                    29       14       15       20
Sorghum Planted                         22       20       27       28
Oats Planted                            85       72       76       73
Oats Emerged                            60       47       53       54
Barley Planted                          71       53       57       60
Barley Emerged                          32       17       22       28
Rice Planted                            74       64       67       71
Rice Emerged                            52       38       41       53

   **

National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
                   This Week           Last Week            Last Year
                   VP  P   F   G   E   VP  P   F   G   E    VP  P   F   G   E
Winter Wheat       5   13  33  42  7   6   13  33  42  6    5   11  31  45  8
Oats               4   12  37  42  5   NA  NA  NA  NA  NA   1   2   28  59  10

   Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com

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