Illinois farmers wrap up corn planting
The 2015 Illinois corn crop is now officially 100% planted according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The total amount of corn plants that have emerged is now at 94%, compared to 87% at the same time last year, and a five-year average of 88%.
Farmers are slightly ahead with soybeans compared to past years, 82% percent of their soybean crops are planted, compared to the 5-year average of 90 percent. So far, 62% of the soybeans have emerged.
The USDA rates most of the state’s crops as good, with 61% of corn and 64% of corn receiving the good mark, 18% and 13% rated excellent, and only 1% of either crop rated as very poor.