On the farm, soybeans are the big story this week. Illinois farmers had good conditions for planting, and they took advantage, with soybean planting advancing over the last week from 36 percent to 64 percent, according to the weekly USDA crop progress report. These figures are ahead of both 2013 (37 percent) and the five-year average (50 percent).
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The statewide emergence figure for beans is now 32 percent. Corn is now 95 percent planted, 81 percent emerged. Corn is rated 53 percent good, 29 percent fair. Topsoil moisture across the state is 87 percent adequate or surplus. The driest area is in Western Illinois.