28 April, 2017
Spring wheat planted was 75 percent, ahead of 70 last year and 56 for the five-year average.
Sixty-nine percent of Iowa's oats are in the ground, a day behind average.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus.
Winter wheat condition - 54 percent good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor with 33 percent jointed.
Soybeans planted was at 4%, compared to both the previous year and five-year average of 2%. Five percent of corn acreage has emerged compared to six percent normally.
USDA added soybean planting on Monday, and it was 6% completed, which beat many trade forecasts and was ahead of last year's 3% as well as the average pace of 3%.
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Corn futures were narrowly mixed as support from fund short-covering and worries over a slow start to spring planting was offset by plentiful grain stocks and outlooks for favorable planting weather this week.
Topsoil moisture was adequate to plentiful throughout the Midwest, with Iowa reporting 99% adequate to surplus, IL 94%, IN 95% and Nebraska 73%.
Winter wheat headed reached 28%.
"AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman's precipitation estimate shows Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama will receive anywhere between 0.1" of rain up to 3" by Thursday evening. Meanwhile, less than a tenth of an inch of rain fell over east central Iowa. Local subsoil moisture was one percent very short, 10 percent short, 88 percent adequate and one percent surplus.
Sorghum was 24% planted nationwide versus 19% a year ago and the average of 23%. Weekly rain totals varied from none or just sprinkles at locations such as Newton, Toledo, Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Iowa City to 1.97 inches north of Woodbine in Harrison County. Just 2 percent had emerged.