ILLINOIS (IRN) — Farmers in Illinois are going to have to hustle to get this year’s crops in the ground.
Less than 10 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is in the ground right now. And less than five percent of beans have been planted.
“Corn planting advanced by eight points, and is now nine percent finished,” USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener said. “That compares to 28 percent one year ago, and 43 percent for the five-year average.”
Some have raised concerns that a wet spring could cause problems for many Illinois farmers.
Schleusener said it has been wet and cool this spring.
“There was an average of one inch of rain around the state last week, and that was 0.18 above normal. Northern and southern areas were generally above normal rainfall, while the middle part of the state was at or below average,” Schleusener said. “Temperatures averaged 55 degrees in the state. That averaged anywhere from two degrees below normal to one degree above normal.”
Schleusener said three percent of Illinois’ soybean crop has been planted. That’s compared to six percent for the average.