Some Illinois farmers planted all of their corn last week. (Photo courtesy National Corn Growers Association)
By Carrie Muehling
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois farmers made amazing planting progress last week as Mother Nature finally provided some warm and dry conditions.
As of Sunday, 74 percent of the Illinois corn crop was planted, compared to just 17 percent the previous week. Sixteen percent of the corn crop has emerged, with plant height averaging two inches. Nationwide, planting progress jumped from 28 percent last week to 71 percent. This week’s numbers are near the five-year averages.
Soybean numbers are also quickly on the rise, with 19 percent planted and one percent emerged in Illinois.
Using USDA prospective planting estimates, Illinois farmers planted 6.95 million acres of corn and 1.5 million acres of soybeans in seven days.
Carrie Muehling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.