Once again, farmers across much of Illinois enjoyed excellent weather conditions last week. Many producers were able to finish planting corn and start planting and drilling soybeans.
Corn plantings are nearing completion with 94 percent planted compared to 9 percent a year ago and 65 percent for the five-year average. Corn emergence is at 63 percent compared to the five-year average of 33 percent. Soybeans are 33 percent planted compared to the five-year average of 18 percent. Soybean emergence is at 4 percent compared to the five-year average of 1 percent.
Topsoil moisture was rated 6 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Corn condition is 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.