About 3 percent of the crop is up, the USDA says
By Diego Flammini
Soybean plants across the United States are emerging from the ground.
About 3 percent of the crop is up, the USDA said in its May 10 Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin. This is six percentage points down from this time last year.
March’s Prospective Plantings report estimated U.S. farmers are planting about 91 million acres of soybeans in 2022.
This means soybeans have emerged on about 2.73 million acres.
On a state level, soybeans in Louisiana are the furthest along.
About 55 percent of the state’s soybean crop has emerged, the USDA’s report says. This is up from 36 percent last week.
Mississippi soybeans are 40 percent emerged, compared to 21 percent last week.
Arkansas and North Carolina report 20 and 15 percent soybean emergence, respectively.
The U.S. corn crop continues to emerge too.
About 5 percent of national corn acres have emerged, the USDA’s report says.
This figure represents an increase of 2 percent from last week.
Projections for 2022 U.S. corn acres is about 89.5 million acres, meaning corn on about 4.48 million acres have emerged.
Corn in North Carolina is the furthest along with 76 percent of corn in that state emerged.
Texas, reporting 63 percent of its corn emerged, and Tennessee with 25 percent of that state’s corn emerged, round out the top three states.
Spring wheat plants are also continuing to emerge.
About 9 percent of the projected 11.2 million acres (1.008 million acres) has emerged. This is up from 5 percent the week before.
Six states accounted for 100 percent of U.S wheat acres in 2021.
Here’s where those states stand now in terms of 2022 crop emergence:
- Washington – 49 percent
- Idaho – 39 percent
- South Dakota – 28 percent
- Montana – 16 percent
- Minnesota and North Dakota – 0 percent