According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, some 2% of corn has been planted in the week ended April 4, in line with the 2% planted in the same week last year. Texas took the lead with 55% of its corn planted, down from 56% planted in the same period last year.
USDA also reported 6% of cotton has been planted, a decrease from the 7% planted by this point last year. Arizona reported 27% of its cotton planted as of April 4, followed by Texas with 10% planted.
Sorghum planting progress was only slightly behind compared with 2020, coming in at 14% planted vs. 15% in the same week last year. Rice was similarly behind at 14% planted thus far vs. 16% last year. Some 4% of sugarbeets were reported planted, up from 3% in the same week last year.
Topsoil moisture conditions were down year-over-year. It was reported that 8% of topsoil had surplus moisture vs. 26% in the same week last year. Some 57% of topsoil had adequate moisture (down from 66% last year), 23% was short (vs. 6% last year) and 12% was very short (vs. 2% last year).
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