Most farmers in Illinois are finding the weather conditions ideal for getting a good start on this year’s corn and soybean crops. What’s ahead, though, could be worrisome. “One concern, of course, would be later this week, if we see freezing temperatures. I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet … especially in the northern reaches of the state,” says Brad Schwab, director of the Illinois field office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Corn is 17 percent planted and 2 percent emerged, ahead of both the 2011 numbers and the five-year average. Soybeans are starting to get into the ground.