USDA is reporting that 86% of corn acres were planted as of May 22. This compares with 75% the previous week and 90% a year ago. It just slipped past the 5-year average of 85%.
As of last Sunday, 60% of corn acres had emerged, according to USDA. This is up from 43% a week earlier but down from 69% in 2015 on this date. It surpasses the 5-year average of 55% emerged at this point in the growing season.
Soybean plantings reached the 56% mark as of May 22, which is up from 36% last week and ties the acres emerged a year ago at this time. It is also over the 52% 5-year average.
For the first time this year, USDA is reporting soybean emergence. According to the latest data, 22% of soybeans have emerged vs. 10% a week earlier and 27% a year ago. It also slightly eclipsed the 5-year average of 21%.