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Progress still well below average

Corn is planted in Livingston County Monday afternoon / CIFN photo.

SPRINGFIELD –Due to continued wet conditions, corn and soybean planting progress are over 50 percentage points behind the 5-year average, according to the weekly crop progress report for Illinois issued Tuesday.

There were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 26. Statewide, the average temperature was 66.1 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 2.60 inches, 0.98 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 30 percent adequate and 70 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 32 percent adequate and 68 percent surplus.

Corn planted was at 35 percent, compared to 99 percent last year and the 5-year average of 95 percent. Corn emerged was at 20 percent. Soybeans planted was at 14 percent, compared to 89 percent last year and the 5-year average of 70 percent. Soybeans emerged was at 8 percent.

Winter wheat headed reached 78 percent, compared to 90 percent for both last year and the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated at 8 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.

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