US - Despite rain falling across the US last week, planting progress remains above both the pace of last year, and the current five year average.
Unfavourable conditions meant that the number of days suitable for fieldwork across the US was the lowest since the beginning of the planting season; in North Dakota, one of the key spring wheat areas, only 2.5 days were recorded as suitable, down from 3.8 at this point last year.
Although the number of field work days last week were lower year on year, as at 17 May soyabean planting was 45 per cent complete, 14 points ahead of the previous week and 9 points ahead of the five-year average.
Maize planting also progressed by 10 points in comparison to the previous week and as at 17 May planting was 85 per cent complete. Spring wheat planting was 29 percentage points ahead of the five year average with 94 per cent complete (17 May).
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