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US corn planting progress still much slower than usual, improves to 49% complete: USDA

Chicago — An estimated 49% of the intended domestic corn acreage had been planted for the 2019-20 crop year through Sunday, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday.

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Planting progress rose 19 percentage points week on week, but was still significantly behind both the year-ago pace of 78% and the five-year average of 80% complete, according to the USDA data.

North Carolina is the further forward with planting, with 93% of the expected total for the state in the ground. The major corn producing states closed the gap to typical levels in the past week, but still trail their five-year averages. Iowa improved to 70% complete, compared with an average of 89%. The data for Illinois showed the planting in the state was 24% complete, compared with a five-year average of 89%.

Emerged corn for the week that ended May 19 was running at 19%, compared with a five-year average of 49%.

The surveyed 18 states accounted for 92% of the 2018 corn acreage, the report said.

-- Luke Lundgren, luke.lundgren@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Keiron Greenhalgh, newsdesk@spglobal.com

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