Spring planting in the United States is nearing completion in most states, according to USDA’s crop progress report for the week ending May 27.

As of the end of May, 97 percent of the nation’s corn had been planted, slightly ahead of last year’s pace and the 5-year average. Corn planting is complete in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Ninety-six percent of the nation’s corn crop is rated in fair or better condition, while 78 percent is rated good or better.

Eighty percent of intended soybean acres have been planted, compared to 75 percent a year ago, and a 5-year average of 67 percent.

Cotton planting is 74 percent complete, compared to last year’s average at this time of 82 percent and a 5-year average of 79 percent. Planting is complete in Arkansas, California and Missouri, but is lagging behind in Kansas, 20 percent, Oklahoma, 51 percent, Texas, 55 percent and Georgia, 58 percent. About 5 percent of the nation’s crop is starting to square.

Rice planting is nearly complete in the United States and 92 percent of the crop is now emerged. Ninety-four percent of the U.S. rice crop is rated in fair or better condition, and 67 percent is rated in good or better condition.

Sixty-three percent of the U.S. peanut crop is now planted, compared to a 5-year average of 79 percent. Planting is lagging behind the 5-year average in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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