Crop planting and emergence is down on 2018 in the US, according to the latest crop progress report from the US Department of Agriculture. Weather radar images from the US National Weather Service are showing extreme levels of precipitation across many of the main agricultural states.

US Farmers have taken to twitter to show how current weather conditions are making this year’s crop planting challenging in places:

Consequences for crops:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its weekly crop progress report on Monday. It shows that crop planting and emergence is down on 2018, though the latest data gives indication of improvement.

Maize planting is currently 83% complete – down from 99% this time last year. Similarly emergence is down, with 93% of the crops having sprouted by this time last year compared to 62% at present.

Spring wheat condition appears to be much better this year, with 73% of the crop rated to be in good condition.

Soybean planting is currently 60% complete, down 32% on last year. Emergence likewise is down significantly on last year.


December 2019 US maize prices are down $3.93/t on this time last week, at $170.77/t (€150.80), while December wheat remains stable, with just a minor reduction of $0.37/t, to $191.87/t (€169.4).

Similarly in Europe, Paris November wheat prices have dropped €5.25/t, to €182.50/t over the same period.

The less favourable conditions currently being experienced in the US could impact on the development of an already delayed crop.

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