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Western Illinois farmer satisfied with planting progress so far

A western Illinois farmer says he’s satisfied with planting progress to this point.

Brady Holst, who farms in Hancock County, tells Brownfield a mid-April window was productive.

“We’re all done with corn and about 75% done with beans, but for our area it’s probably pretty close.”  He says, “I would say 80% of the corn is done in our area. So, we’re really far ahead of the other parts of the state.”

He says they’ve since seen beneficial rains.

“Emergence has been pretty good just because there was some hard rains that would have been crusting issues, but really it was wet enough where it didn’t ever dry out.”  He says, “So really kind of helped us with the not having to replant and things like that. It’s been so wet.”

Holst says they’ve escaped having to replant…so far.

“But we did plant on Mother’s Day so that usually is kind of the day that that ends up happening.”  He says, “It’s too early to tell so far.”

Holst says they only need two more days of good weather to finish planting.

AUDIO: Western Illinois farmer Brady Holst

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