This week’s “Crop Progress” report from the USDA shows that corn planting is 95 percent complete in the top 18 corn-growing states as of June 1. At the same time last year, 99 percent of the crop was in the ground. In those same 18 states, 74 percent of the corn crop has emerged as of June 1 and just over half of it is rated “good.” Last year at this time 92 percent of the crop had emerged and 60 percent of it was rated “good.”

 Meanwhile, soybean planting is running behind. As of June 1, 69 percent of the crop was in the ground in the top 18 states monitored by the USDA. That compares to 86 percent planted one year ago and a five-year average of 81 percent.

For more from the report, go to: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProg/CropProg-06-02-2008.pdf

NASS, USDA