SPRINGFIELD– Corn planting in Illinois has scarcely begun.
USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says there is some corn in the ground, but not enough to show up in the year’s first weekly USDA crop progress report.
“Not really. It’s basically too cold and generally too wet, especially in the southern parts of the state, for corn planting. There has been limited planting. I’ve heard of it, I think I’ve seen some of it, and it’s probably just the very big operators. They have to start early in order to finish on time,” he said.
Schleusener said not starting corn planting by the first week of April does not put farmers behind.
Topsoil moisture is 73 percent adequate, 20 percent surplus, only 7 percent short. Schleusener says moisture is leaving some fields too muddy for planting.