Struggling all season to catch up, corn planting reached 95% completion as of June 9, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Crop Progress report released June 10.

A year ago, 100% of the corn crop had been planted, compared with 98% for the 2008-2012 average in the 18 top corn-producing states.

Topping the list with 100% of corn acreage completed was Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio. Several states trailed slightly behind. Lagging furthest behind were Iowa at 92%, Minnesota at 90%, Missouri at 93%, North Dakota at 89% and Wisconsin at 81%, raising the spectre that millions of acres of land would remain unplanted or be seeded with soybeans.

In all, 85% of corn planted has emerged, led by 100% in North Carolina. Just 67% of corn in North Dakota has emerged and 60% in Wisconsin. For the period of 2008-2012, 92% of corn had emerged as of June 9. Last year, 99% of corn had emerged, NASS reported.

As of June 9, corn condition for the 18 selected states averaged 12% excellent, 54% good, 26% fair and 8% poor or very poor.

NASS officials reported 71% of soybeans were planted as of June 9, compared with the five-year (2008-2012) average of 84% and last year’s 97% planted.

Soybean emergence averaged 48% in the top 18 selected states, compared with the past five years when 67% of plants emerged as of June 9. Last year, 88% of soybeans had emerged.

Full report is available at www.usda.gov. and click on  agency reports.