Illinois farmers doubled their planting progress last week

Illinois farmers more than doubled their planting progress for the season last week.

The USDA reports as of Sunday 40% of corn is planted, a jump from 18% the week before and well ahead of the five-year average of 29%. Four percent of the crop has emerged, in line with average.

Soybean planting is 39% complete, ahead of the total for the previous week and the average of 15%. Three percent of Illinois soybeans have emerged, compared to 1% on average.

15% of winter wheat has headed, slightly ahead of average, and the agency rates the crop 66% good to excellent, a drop of 12 percentage points on the week likely due to cooler and dryer conditions.

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