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53% of U.S. winter wheat good to excellent

The USDA says the winter wheat crop has emerged from dormancy in slightly worse condition than a year ago. 53% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, 9% below this time last year, with the worst conditions in the driest parts of the U.S. Plains. 3% of winter wheat has headed, matching the five-year average.

Corn planting is 2% complete, also in-line with the typical pace.

3% of spring wheat is planted, just ahead of average.

15% of sorghum is planted, all of that in Texas, slightly faster than normal.

16% of rice is planted, a little bit behind normal, with 9% emerged, a bit faster than average, and 7% of cotton is planted, also a bit faster than average.

The USDA’s next set of supply, demand, and production numbers is out Friday.

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