SPRINGFIELD– Illinois farmers made progress in planting soybeans over the last week.
“Things are cloudy and maybe kind of a little bit damp but producers did manage to get about four days of field work done, and soybean planting moved up 22 percentage points,” USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener said.
Soybeans statewide are now 69 percent planted, up from 47 percent the previous week. That figure is ahead of last year and ahead of the five-year average. Soybean emergence is now 38 percent. Corn is now 97 percent planted, 87 percent emerged. The condition on corn is 80 percent good or excellent.
Even though the week was relatively dry in terms of rainfall — .29 inches, .6 inches below normal – there’s still a lot of moisture in the soil. Statewide, topsoil moisture is considered 82 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus, but in Southern Illinois, it’s over 35 percent surplus.