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Planting almost finished as wheat harvest makes headway

posted on May 19, 2000


IF THERE IS GOOD NEWS IN FARM COUNTRY, IT'S THE DROUGHT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BY TIMELY RAINS AND THE PROGRESS OF SPRING PLANTING IS WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

ACROSS THE NATION SPRING PLANTING IS NEARING COMPLETION WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK 91% OF THE U.S. CORN CROP HAD BEEN PLANTED, AND 67% OF THE CORN PLANTED HAD EMERGED.

THE JUMP ON THE CORN CROP HAS ALLOWED FARMERS TO TURN TO SOYBEANS. FARMERS HAVE NOW PLANTED 57 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP, TWICE THE AVERAGE PACE.ALSO AHEAD OF THE PACE, 55 PERCENT OF THE U.S. COTTON CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED AS WELL.

AND ON THE APPROACH OF THE U.S. WINTER WHEAT HARVEST 60% OF THE CROP IS RATED GOOD OR EXCELLENT. HOWEVER, THE FIELDS WHERE HARVESTERS FIRST ENTER TO WORK THEIR WAY NORTHWARD WILL DEMAND LESS OF THEIR TIME THIS YEAR. 56 PERCENT OF THE TEXAS WHEAT CROP IS RATED TO BE IN POOR OR VERY POOR CONDITION.

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