Illinois farmers are still not finished planting corn. Corn planted advance from 78 percent to only 84 percent over the last week, according to the USDA crop progress report. The reason? Farmers couldn’t get in the fields, says crop statistician Todd Ballard.
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“Really, really wet conditions. We had some areas that were reporting over three inches of rain, just cool conditions, and (the weather) just really slowed everything down and kind of kept those guys out. We only had about 1.4 days suitable for field work, so guys just weren’t able to get in and get anything done last week,” he said.Rainfall across the state averaged 1.87 inches, which was .8 inches above normal.
Soybeans advanced from 26 percent to 36 percent planted. The numbers for planting and emergence for both corn and beans are ahead of where we were at this time last year.