Illinois crops emerging in full force

Illinois crops emerging in full force

As Illinois farmers plan their final planting passes, corn and soybeans are rapidly emerging across the state.

The USDA reports as of Sunday, 91% of Illinois corn and 85% of soybeans are in the ground. Marshall County farmer Bill Leigh tells Brownfield there are few fields left to be planted in his area.

“It looks good around here. Right now, corn is 4 inches tall. Beans are probably getting first trifoliate out- those that were planted early, so it’s getting ready to start to really move.”

USDA data shows 68% of corn and 57% of soybeans have emerged and in the first condition ratings of the year, the agency ranks corn 69% and soybeans 57% good to excellent.