Record corn planting pace across Illinois...

Record corn planting pace across Illinois...

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.

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