Corn Planting Starts; Winter Wheat Condition 53% Good to Excellent

Corn Planting Starts; Winter Wheat Condition 53% Good to Excellent April 17, 2017

Three percent of Nebraska's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, according to this week's USDA National Agriucltural Statistics Service report. This was near last year's 6% by this time and equal to the five-year average.

Nationally, of the top 18 states producing corn, only 6% had been planted, compared with 12% by this time last year and 9% for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition in Nebraska was rated 7% excellent, 46% good, 38% fair, 8% poor, and 1% very poor. Approximately 7% of the crop had jointed, behind 17% last year and the five-year average of 13%.

Oat planting was at 70%, near 68% of last year and 66% for the five-year average; 26% had emerged, alead of 20% last year and near the five-year average of 22%.

While Nebraska did not report any sorghum planted, of the top 11 states producing sorghum, 21% of the crop had been planted, compared with 16% last year and the five-year average of 20%.

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