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Spring Planting

posted on May 25, 2007

Torrential rains pushed rivers out of their banks in central Kansas Wednesday for the second time in three weeks. Typically, the central region produces the highest-yielding wheat in the state, but thanks to all the water and a late-season freeze, the outlook is not good.

Rain fell in much of the Corn Belt this week as well, but that hasn't stopped growers from planting the crop everyone is watching.

Spring Planting

According to USDA, 92 percent of the nation's corn has been planted, up 1 percent from last year and 6 percent better than the five-year average. Corn emergence is estimated at 67 percent… 11 points above average.

The government also released its first corn condition ratings this week. 78 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition compared to 66 percent at this time last year.

USDA now projects farmers will plant 87 million acres in corn this year to produce a record 12.2 billion bushels.

The report also showed 95 percent of spring wheat has been sown, 9 points better than the five-year average.

Soybean planting also is well underway with 59 percent of the crop in the ground.


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