Last week proved to be another busy week in the fields for producers across Illinois.
Corn jumped to 73 percent planted compared to 4 percent a year ago and 28 percent for the five-year average. This surpasses the previous high percent planted for April 25 of 67 in 2005. Soybeans are 5 percent planted compared to the five-year average of 1 percent.
In Indiana, farmers also had an excellent week for field work until rain showers pushed across the state last weekend. Corn planting continued at a record pace, as well, ahead of 2004 when 42 percent was planted at this same time. Planting of soybeans is also progressing at a record pace, ahead of 2004 when 8 percent of the crop had been planted.