The weather’s great, but there’s one reason for corn farmers not to get out into the field and plant. “They’re playing roulette a little bit,” says Brad Schwab, director of the Illinois field office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. “The insurance companies said they needed to wait until April 6 to plant their corn if they want to get reimbursed for their seed if there’s a freeze event and they have to replant.”
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The temperatures for the past week were 10 degrees above normal. Five percent of the corn crop is in the ground, none of the soybeans, and 70 percent of the oats, according to the weekly crop progress report.