Illinois farmers planted a lot of corn over the last week, with clement weather allowing them to get 35 percent of the state’s projected corn acres planted. “We had five days suitable for field work last week, warmer temperatures and dryer conditions, and the planters were rolling,” said USDA crop statistician Todd Ballard. The weekly USDA crop progress report shows corn planted advanced from 43 percent to 78 percent in one week.
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The 78 percent of corn planted is ahead of the five-year average of 53 percent. Emerged: 36 percent now, up from 8 percent last week, and ahead of the five-year average of 32 percent. Soybeans are 26 percent planted, up from 3 percent last week. Soil moisture is fine statewide on average, but there are parts of Northern, Central and Western Illinois that are dryer than farmers would like.