Illinois soybean planting well ahead of average pace, corn on track
Frequent rains slowed Illinois planting progress last week from the week before, but soybean planting is still well ahead of average.
The USDA reports as of Sunday 43% percent of the state’s soybeans are planted compared to 31% the week before, 3% at this time last year and the five-year average of 25%. Ten percent of the crop has emerged.
Corn planting reached 68% compared to 56% the week before, 11% last year and just ahead of the average of 66%. Twenty-three percent of the corn crop has emerged, up 14 percentage points from the week before but still 12 points behind average.
Winter wheat is rated 65% good to excellent with 41% of the crop headed. That is behind the average of 50%.