Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30 Crop Progress & Condition - NE - IA - US


For the week ending April 29, 2018, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 22 short, 73 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 28 short, 68 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report:

Corn planted was 17 percent, behind 32 last year and 24 for the five-year average.

Soybeans planted was 6 percent, near 7 last year and 4 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 30 fair, 50 good, and 13 excellent.

Oats planted was 63 percent, well behind 89 last year and 87 average. Emerged was 30 percent, well behind 54 last year and 57 average.


Iowa farmers made the most of the 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 29, 2018, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and soybeans were planted in addition to soil preparation and fertilizer application.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. South central Iowa remains dry with over one-third of subsoil rated very short on moisture.

Iowa farmers planted 17 percent of the expected corn crop during the past week, 3 days behind last year and 4 days behind the 5-year average. Northern Iowa remains wet from melting snow which has slowed planting progress, however south central and southeast Iowa farmers already have at least 40 percent of their corn planted.

Soybean planting is underway with 2 percent of the expected crop in the ground, 2 days ahead of last year but equal to the average.

Sixty-two percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, 8 days behind both last year and the 5-year average. Just 10 percent of the crop has emerged, almost 2 weeks behind last year.

The extended winter season has left hay in short supply for some livestock producers. Pastures in many areas need rain to spur growth.

Corn Planting Speeds Up, But Still Lags Average Pace

Corn planting progress jumped 15 percentage points last week thanks to warmer, drier weather across much of the Midwest, but was still well behind the average pace as of Sunday, April 29, according to USDA National Ag Statistics Service's weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

NASS estimated that 17% of corn was planted as of Sunday, up from 3% the previous week but 15 percentage points behind last year's pace of 32% and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 27%.  Corn emergence, on the other hand, was running closer to the average pace with 3% of the crop emerged as of Sunday, behind 8% last year and an average pace of 6%.

Soybean planting continued at an average pace of 5% complete as of Sunday.

Winter wheat was 19% headed, well behind last year's 41% and also behind the average of 30%. Winter wheat condition continued to improve slightly last week to 33% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.

Spring wheat was 10% planted, well behind the average pace of 36%. Barley was 26% planted, compared to 11% last week, 31% last year and a 44% average. Seven percent of the crop was emerged as of Sunday, compared to 13% last year and a 17% average.

Cotton was 12% planted as of Sunday, compared to 10% last week, 14% last year and a 14% average. Rice was 55% planted, compared to 49% last week, 72% last year and 57% on average. Twenty-nine percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 21% last week, 56% last year and a 38% average.

Sorghum was 26% planted as of Sunday, compared to 24% last week, 27% last year and a 26% average.

Oats were 39% planted, compared to 31% last week, 66% last year and a 64% average. Twenty-nine percent of the crop was emerged, compared to 26% last week, 46% last year and a 44% average.

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