Planting progress jumps in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD – There were 4.6 days suitable for field work during the week ending May 22, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued for Illinois on Monday.


Statewide, the average temperature was 66.1 degrees, 1.0 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.40 inches, 0.51 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 7 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 6 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus.


Corn planted reached 78 percent, even with the 5-year average. Corn emerged reached 48 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 60 percent. Soybeans planted reached 62 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 57 percent. Soybeans emerged reached 27 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 35 percent.


Winter wheat headed was 71 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 82 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

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