The numbers are rocketing up, now that there has been a week of favorable weather, for Illinois crops. The week just completed shows 69 percent of corn and 12 percent of soybeans for the year planted. That compares to the five-year averages of 47 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
“Producers in southern parts of Illinois made a good amount of planting progress, and they had a lot of catching up to do,” says Mark Schleusener, the USDA’s state statistician for Illinois. “They’d had a lot of wet soils earlier in April. They still lag behind the rest of the state, but they have narrowed the gap considerably.”
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There was little to no rain last week, so Schleusener says farmers could use some this week.