Corn planting progress reaches 97%, with soybean progress reaching 87%.

Ben Potter, Senior editor

June 5, 2018

2 Min Read

The 2018 corn planting season is nearly in the books, having reached 97% complete as of June 3. The soybean crop isn’t far behind, either, at 87% complete.

Corn planting advanced from 92% a week ago and remains slightly ahead of 2017’s pace and the five-year average, both at 95%. It was on target with analyst estimates, also at 97%.


Corn emergence moved from 72% the prior week to 86%. That is also trending slightly ahead of 2017’s pace of 84% and the five-year average of 83%. Colorado (72%), Ohio (79%), Pennsylvania (50%) and Wisconsin (75%) are the only major production states that aren’t at least four-fifths finished.


The corn crop’s current quality is slightly lower, according to USDA, moving from 63% rated good and 16% rated excellent a week ago to 61% good and 17% excellent as of June 3. Analysts expected to see a 79% G/E rating instead of USDA’s 78%.


Seven major production states have at least 20% of their corn crops rated excellent, including Illinois (25%), Iowa (21%), Michigan (22%), Minnesota (26%), Ohio (26%), Tennessee (20%) and Wisconsin (22%). Only two states have at least 10% of the crop rated poor and very poor, including North Carolina (10%) and Texas (14%).

Soybean planting, now 87% complete, is moderately ahead of 2017’s pace of 81% and the five-year average of 75%. Only Michigan (65%), North Carolina (54%) and Tennessee (69%) have yet to reach the 70% milestone.


Soybean emergence has reached 68% - also moderately ahead of 2017’s pace of 55% and the five-year average of 52%. The season’s first crop condition rating pegs 61% of the crop in good condition and another 14% in excellent condition. That jumped analyst expectations of seeing 71% of the crop in good-to-excellent condition.


Harvest has begun for the 2017/18 winter wheat crop, meantime, reaching a nationwide average of 5%. State-by-state, harvest is underway in Arkansas (4%), California (3%), North Carolina (3%), Oklahoma (7%) and Texas (35%). Harvest will continue to ramp up in the coming weeks, with 83% of the crop now headed. Thirty-seven percent of the crop is in good-to-excellent condition, down 1% from the prior week.

Spring wheat planting is nearly complete, reaching 97%. That’s slightly behind 2017’s pace of 99% but slightly ahead of the five-year average of 94%. Eighty-one percent of the crop is emerged, with 70% in good-to-excellent condition – just below average analyst expectations of 71%.



About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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