Illinois farmers continue to make major strides throughout the state. Overall, 88 percent of corn fields have been planted, compared to 73 percent at the same time last year, and the five-year average of 64 percent. The total amount of corn plants that have emerged jumped to 42 percent, up 27 percentage points from last week.
Farmers have planted 33 percent of their soybean crops, compared to 23 percent last year and the 5-year average of 19 percent.
To watch a video on the planting season, the 2015 crop outlook, and the importance of agriculture at the Capitol, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPhDpO-faog.