Illinois farmers have been busy

Emerging corn
USDA statistician Steve Parn said some farmers are even planting soybeans ahead of corn. (WJBC file photo)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Weather last week in Illinois was warm and damp for farmers, with the average temperature 62.8 degrees and precipitation just over an inch. That’s about six degrees warmer and a tenth of an inch wetter than normal.

Illinois corn is 54 percent planted and fourteen percent emerged, about average. Soybeans have enjoyed above-average activity so far, 41 percent planted and seven percent emerged.

USDA statistician Steve Parn said some farmers are even planting soybeans ahead of corn.

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