Crop progress: Corn and soybean planting begin in South Dakota

Crop progress: Corn and soybean planting begin in South Dakota

Crop progress: Corn and soybean planting begin in South Dakota

USA farmers sped planting last week and now have about 17% of the crop in the ground, only 1 percentage point behind the five-year average, according to the Department of Agriculture.

There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending April 23.

Cattle and calf condition - 85 percent good to excellent and 15 percent fair, with calving 89 percent complete and death rates at 1 percent heavy, 65 percent average and 34 percent light.

Drier and warmer weather over the weekend did allow some producers into their fields to plant corn and oats.

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The agency rated the state's winter wheat crop as 6 percent excellent, 45 percent good and 33 percent fair. Wheat lost 0.3 percent to $4.18 a bushel, after dropping 0.4 percent on Monday and 0.2 percent on Friday.

Spring wheat planted was 75 percent, ahead of 70 last year and 56 for the five-year average.

Sixty-nine percent of the state's oat crop has been planted, over one week behind previous year but just one day behind average.

Calving progress was 77 percent, ahead of almost 75 percent a year ago and a 73 percent average.

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Texas has 60 percent emerged, which is the only state above average. "U.S. Midwest conditions will remain in focus even as we have record South American supplies hitting the market".

CBOT July soft red winter wheat last down 2 cents at $4.17-1/4 per bushel.

Topsoil moisture in the West Southwest District was two percent very short, 18 percent short, 79 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 7% short, 87% adequate, and 6% surplus.

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