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UDSA Crop Progress Report - May 23, 2011

24 May 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The USDA Crop Progress Report showed another significant increase for corn planting this week jumping 16 per cent from 63 per cent (week of May 16) to 79 per cent as of May 23, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor of

For the most part, key states are in-line with year-ago and 5-year average for acres planted. Iowa and Illinois have even surpassed the 5-year averages. Quite a few states, like Iowa, Kansas and Texas are within a few percentage point from 100 per cent.

Ohio is the only state clearly in trouble at 11 per cent planted compared to 87 per cent planted a year ago. Other states lagging behind are Indiana at 49 per cent planted, North Dakota at 49 per cent planted and Pensylvania at 40 oer cent planted.

This week's 79 per cent average planted acres edged even closer to the 5-year average of 87 per cent.

Warm, humid weather in parts of the Midwest this past week and especially over the weekend has boosted corn emergence 24 percentage points from 21 per cent emerged last week ( May 16) to 45 per cent today. This week's average is now only 14 points under the 5-year average.


Soybean planting also saw across-the-board progress, running at 41 per cent plants, only 10 percentage points below the 5-year average.


Spring wheat planting saw an 18 per cent boost and is currectly at 54 per cent planted. However, it's still significantly below below the 5-year average of 89 per cent.

Midwest Forecast

According to The Weather Channel, the Midwest will see temperatures warm up this week, but rain, including severe storms, are expected as well.

The Midwest forecast from The Weather Channel:

  • Most of the region should see a chance of showers and thunderstorms today and tonight, with the dry areas expected to be western Kansas and southern Nebraska
  • Some severe storms are possible for eastern Kansas, much of Missouri up the Mississippi Valley into the western Great Lakes and east into the Lower Ohio Valley
  • Locally heavy rainfall is also possible with any storms that do develop today and tonight
  • Most of the region should be warmer than average today, with cooler than average temperatures expected in the western Dakotas

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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