Planting progress not bad despite rains


A tractor is parked in McLean County on Monday following the weekend rain / CIFN photo.

SPRINGFIELD – There were 3.5 days suitable for field work during the week ending May 9, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued for Illinois Monday.


Statewide, the average temperature was 55.4 degrees, 3.7 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.59 inches, 0.58 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 3 percent very short, 12 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.


Corn planted reached 74 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 61 percent. Corn emerged reached 35 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 28 percent. Soybeans planted reached 57 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 25 percent. Soybeans emerged reached 23 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 5 percent.


Winter wheat headed was 58 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 48 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

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