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USDA Crop Progress Report - May 16, 2011

17 May 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The USDA Crop Progress Report saw another increase this week jumping 23 per cent from 40 per cent (week of May 8) to 63 per cent as of May 15 which is right where grain trader expected it, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor of

Again this week, many states saw significant increases in their numbers. Iowa saw a 23 per cent leap to take it to 92 pre cent planted. Indiana has finally moved out of single digits - surging 25 per cent to 29 per cent plant.

However still significantly behind all other states was North Dakota and Ohio. North Dakota crept up into the teens, but Ohio, having been plagued with rain and cool conditions, remained in single digits at 7 per cent.

This week's 63 per cent average planted acres edged even closer to the 5-year average of 75 per cent.

As for corn emergence, southern states numbers continued to strengthened and the few warm days in the Midwest seemed to have boosted emergence in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. This week's average was still 20 points under the 5-year average and 30 points under last year's data.


Soybean planting also saw across-the-board progress, running at 22 per cent, only 9 percentage points below the 5-year average.


Spring wheat planting got a 14 per cent boost, but is significantly below below the 5-year average of 76 per cent.

Midwest Forecast

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

The Midwest forecast from The Weather Channel:

  • Showers are possible in the Ohio Valley and central Great Lakes today, tapering off somewhat by tonight
  • Much cooler than average temperatures are expected across the region, with greatest departures from average expected in the Upper Ohio Valley
  • Windy conditions are expected in the Western Plains this afternoon
  • A few showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight in the western Dakotas
  • Areas of frost are possible tonight from central MO to the western Great Lakes, with temperatures as low as the upper 20s in northern WI

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

Temperature 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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