Someone up above decided it was time to let Illinois farmers do their thing last week. “Rainfall was a little bit below normal – about one quarter inch below normal – and temperatures were about one degree below normal last week, so that did help producers get some work done,” says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois.
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“Rains late in the week stopped planting progress again. Maybe we’ll get six, seven, eight days of sunshine in a row, and things will get better.” Farmers had almost all their corn planted by this time last year, and we all know how that turned out. This week’s report shows 17 percent of the corn in, compared to 7 percent last week. Schleusener draws a comparison to 2009, which had a good yield despite progress similar to what he is reporting now.