Illinois planting progress more than doubles, soybeans well ahead of average
The USDA reports corn and soybean planting progress more than doubled in Illinois this past week.
As of Sunday, corn planting reached 54%, a jump from 23% the week before, 1% ahead of last year and five percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Emergence is in line with the average at 14%.
Soybean planting progressed to 41% complete, up from 18% the week prior, compared to only 29% at this time last year and 14% on average. 7% of Illinois soybeans have emerged compared to only 1% on average and none at this time last year.
Winter wheat heading reached 21%, compared to 28% on average and is rated 68% good to excellent, a slight drop from the previous week.
Soil moisture conditions are beginning to decline with ratings of 15-20% short to very short as higher than average temperatures were present across the state.