The U.S.D.A. says the corn planting is virtually complete and 97% of the corn in the ground has already emerged. That’s more than two weeks ahead of last year and ten days ahead of the five-year average. Eighty-five percent of the corn is rated in good to excellent condition.
The soybean crop is not too far behind — with just 3% left to be planted. That three weeks ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of average. The report says 87% of beans have emerged and 82% are in good to excellent condition.