The ground is too wet to do much planting. The weekly crop progress report from the USDA in Illinois shows decent numbers for oats and winter wheat, two crops which Illinois grows enough of to “make a difference” but far from the headlining corn and soybeans.
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“We’ve reached 39 percent complete in oats planting. That compares to 37 percent last week and 56 percent for the five-year average,” says state statistician Mark Schleusener. “We are not a large oat producer.” As for winter wheat, Schleusener says, “There were some worries … in general, before it got very cold, there was some snow cover, and that generally protects the wheat from the biting cold.” 54 percent of winter wheat is rated good or excellent. State rainfall averaged 1.2 inches, about a third of an inch more than normal.