The USDA is really good at math.
Just how excited can the USDA get?
The 2010 corn crop is no longer ahead of previous years?
Well, how so brown cow? Planting is finished. The growing race is on but the corn planting race is finished.
100% done for 2010.
0% done for 2011.
Can the government not believe that when a race is finished, the leader and winner of the race will no longer be leading the race until a new race is started?
Read and enjoy:
U.S. Crops in Line With or Better Than Averages: USDA
UPI Business News -- May 24, 2010 -- A fast 2010 start to U.S. crop production has dropped back to where progress is largely in line with historic averages, the Department of Agriculture said.
Monday's weekly crop report showed
corn 93 percent planted, compared with a five-year average of 89 percent for this week of the year.
Corn emergence is at 71 percent, compared to a historic average of 62 percent.
Soybean planting is 53 percent done, with 24 percent of the crop showing emergence. Historically, 57 percent of the planting is done by this week of the year with 23 percent emerged.
Cotton planting, 60 percent done, is close to the five-year average of 63 percent. Peanuts, 62 percent planted, are 2 percentage points above the five-year average.
Rice planting is 95 percent compete. Spring wheat planting is 91 percent done.
The USDA said 91 percent of the winter wheat crop was in fair to excellent condition. A year ago at this time of year, 73 percent was in fair to excellent condition.