Crop progress well ahead of historic average
Emerging corn, rice and oats are well ahead of their 5-year historic averages, The U. S. Department of Agriculture has said.
19 percent of the corn acres show emerging sprouts, as compared with a historic average of 9 percent for this time of year, with 68 percent of the corn planting done.
Rice, 76 percent planted, shows emergence in 52 percent of the acreage, compared with a historic average of 40 percent. Sugar beets acreage is 96 percent planted, compared with a historic average of 59 percent. Soybeans are 15 percent planted, compared with a historic average of 8 percent.
It was also reported that Oats, with 82 percent of the planting done, show sprouts on 60 percent of the acreage planted, compared with a 46 percent historic average.
The USDA further said that Planting is ahead of the historic pace in corn, sugar beets, soybeans, cotton, sorghum, peanuts, rice, oats, barley, and spring wheat crops. (With Inputs from Agencies)