Cold, wet weather is holding down the planting so far in Illinois. Corn planting is 31 percent complete, said Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 28 percent one year ago and 37 percent for the five-year average. Corn emerged is just one percent. It's been too cold for that corn to spring up.
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The weather this past week was, statewide, an average 48 degrees with 1.2 inches rainfall. That's more than seven degrees colder, and almost one-third of an inch wetter, than average.