The latest U.S.D.A. report shows 96 percent of the corn crop has been planted — which is two days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the 5-year average.
Seventy-five percent of the corn has emerged from the ground — which is four days ahead of normal.
The first corn condition rating of the season showed 73 percent was in good to excellent conditions. Soybean planting is now reported to be 74 percent complete, almost one week ahead of last year. Twenty-one percent of the soybeans have emerged — which is two days behind last year — but equal to the 5-year average.