MO corn planting is moving quick

Missouri farmers made good planting progress in the last week.

The latest Crop Progress and Conditions report from USDA says 80% of corn planting is complete in the state, an increase of 22 percentage points from the previous week. Thirty-one percent of corn is emerging.

Soybean planting is 34% complete, an increase of 18 percentage points from the previous week with 12% of soybeans emerging, well above normal.

Rice planting is 73% complete, 10 percentage points ahead of the previous week and almost double the average for this time of the year. Thirty-one percent of rice is emerged. Cotton planting is just getting started with only 5% planted, in-line with the average.

Missouri’s winter wheat is heading quicker than the five-year average with conditions rated 67% good to excellent.

USDA says conditions are cooler and drier than normal with temperatures at least five degrees below normal in Missouri and moisture is averaging three-quarters of an inch below normal for this time of the year.

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