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USDA Crop Progress Report - May 2, 2011

03 May 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - As expected, the USDA Crop Progress Report didn't show much new planting progress from last week, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor of

With storms rolling across the Midwest much of last week, farmers were not able to get in their fields. Of the key corn-growing "I" states (Illinois, Indiana and Iowa), only Iowa made minor progress moving from 3 per cent planted last week to 8 per cent planted as of May 2. And these numbers are vastly behind year-ago figures and the five-year average.

Beyond Iowa in the Midwest, only Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri showed gains and those were only 10 per cent or less.

According to The Weather Channel, the Midwest will see rain again this week with cool temperatures.

The Midwest forecast from The Weather Channel:

  • A sluggish cold front in the East keeps rain over the Ohio Valley one more day.
  • Additional rainfall will locally top one inch Tuesday.
  • Major flooding continues in the lower Ohio River Valley with record flooding on the Ohio River at Cairo.
  • Dry high pressure is in control from the Plains to most of Michigan.
  • A cold front from out of the Northwestern states approaches northern Plains.
  • Scattered showers invade western Dakotas late.
  • With temperatures average to 5 degrees above average in the Plains but 5 to 25 degrees below average in the Great Lakes, mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, highs will range from the 40s and 50s in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the 60s and low 70s in the Plains.
  • A cold front, moving across the north-central states midweek, will trigger showers and a few thunderstorms across the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Weather map from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Further Reading

- You can view the complete UDSA Crop Progress report by clicking here.

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