Corn crop 7 percent planted; well below 5-year average
SPRINGFIELD — Only about 7 percent of the state's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, compared with 88 percent at the same time last year, according to the Illinois office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Over the last five years, an average of 48 percent was planted as of May 5.
This year, planting had occurred only in isolated pockets of the state due to rain and wet soils, with the heaviest rainfalls occurring in the western part of the state.
The driest soils tended to be in northern and eastern Illinois.
"Many fields were too wet to even apply chemicals and are greening up with weeds, which will require additional tillage or chemical burn-down before planting can be accomplished," the office said in its weekly release.