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USDA Crop Progress Report - May 31, 2011

01 June 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The USDA Crop Progress Report edged higher for corn planting this week moving 7 per cent from 79 per cent (week of May 23) to 86 per cent as of May 31, which is just under trader expectations of 89 per cent planted, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor of

For the most part, key states are in-line with the year-ago and 5-year averages for acres planted. Of those states lagging, Indiana and Michigan both crept 10 percentage points higher to 59 per cent and 67 per cent respectively, and North Dakota jumped 25 percentage points to 74 per cent.

As for Ohio, it continues to seriously lag behind all other states moving up 8 percentage points to only 19 per cent planted. Ohio's 5-year average is 93 per cent. The good news for Ohio is that after Wednesday, they are looking has about a seven day stretch of warm sunny weather. That said, Ohio growers are surely making decisions about planting corn versus soybeans.

This week's 86 per cent average planted acres (across the top 18 states) is running just behind the 5-year average of 95 per cent.

Warmer temperatures boosted corn emergence another 21 percentage points from 45 per cent emerged last week ( May 23) to 66 per cent emerged now. This week's average is now only 12 points under the 5-year average.


Soybean planting saw progress, running at 51 per cent planted, 20 percentage points below the 5-year average. This is well under trader expectations of 59 per cent complete.


Spring wheat planting saw an 14 per cent boost and is currectly at 68 per cent planted. However, it's still significantly below below the 5-year average of 95 per cent.

Midwest Forecast

According to The Weather Channel, the Midwest forecast:

  • Front lines up from the southern Ohio Valley to the central Plains.
  • A few thunderstorms will dot the Ohio Valley and Missouri.
  • An increase in thunderstorms from South Dakota and southern Minnesota to Kansas could produce some severe.
  • The severe threat will be mostly hail but isolated tornadoes and scattered strong wind gusts are also possible.
  • A few spots in the Plains could pick up an inch of rain.
  • Windy conditions will encompass the Great Lakes and Plains. The strongest gusts will be over Upper Michigan and could reach 50 to 60 mph at times.
  • With temperatures average or slightly below average from the Dakotas to Michigan but still above average over the lower Midwest, highs will range from the 60s and 70s north to the 80s and low 90s south.
  • On Thursday, a warm front pushes northward through the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Areas of showers and thunderstorms will develop from the Dakotas, through the upper and middle Mississippi Valley, into the western Great Lakes.

Further Reading

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

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