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About 5 percent of Illinois corn has been planted, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, ahead of last year’s pace.

Nutrien, a publicly-traded Canadian fertilizer and agricultural sales company, has approached Champaign County officials about developing an agronomic research facility on 300 acres east of University of Illinois Willard Airport.

“These blades are not associated with the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm but instead will be transported to another EDP Renewables’ wind farm currently under construction in Indiana,” an EDP spokeswoman said.

Piatt County’s corn harvest was not too shabby either, with its average of 211.7 logging it fourth behind Menard (216.3), Peoria (214.7) and Stark (212.4) counties.