Heavy rains have kept farmers out of the fields so far this spring. (Photo from Flickr user USDAgov)
By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - Another wet week in Illinois farm fields is in the books.
Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois, said only 7 percent of the corn crop is in, compared to 88 percent at this time last year.
“The five-year average for this date is 48 percent,” said Schleusener. "No measurable soybean crop is in now."
Schleusener said topsoil moisture is reported as “surplus” in 56 percent of the state.
“There’s just not enough of a crop in the ground to be hurt” by the excess water now," Schleusener said.
Schleusener is promoting participation in the five-year ag census, which keeps track of how many people in the U.S. are farming.