Illinois corn planting passes halfway mark


Illinois corn planting passes halfway mark

Illinois farmers were able to pass the halfway mark of corn planting last week even with rain allowing only a few days suitable for fieldwork.

The USDA reports as of Sunday the crop is 56% planted, up from 37% the week before. That is well ahead of 10% last year and just ahead of the five-year average of 54%. Nine percent of Illinois corn has emerged, seven percentage points behind average.

Soybean planting is well ahead of the 12% state average, reaching 31%. That us up from 18% planted the week before. Only 3% of the crop was planted at this time last year.

One-fifth of Illinois’ winter wheat crop has headed an increase of 14 percentage points from the previous week, but still 8 points behind average. The crop is rated 68% good to excellent.

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