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|Heavy Rain Causing Some Illinois Farmers to Replant Corn
|A heavy dose of rain last week across Illinois prevented farmers from getting much work done in the fields, and in some cases re-planting will be necessary.
The USDA's weekly crop report shows western Illinois was doused with 3.4 inches of rainfall, the most among the state's nine crop reporting districts. The result was a half-day suitable for fieldwork. The statewide average wasn't much better - 1.5 days. The average rainfall total across Illinois was 2-and-a-quarter inches.
Corn is 96 percent planted, a gain of two percentage points from the previous week. Soybean planting advanced to 42 percent compared to 33 percent complete the previous week. Even as farmers were basically stalled, the latest numbers are still ahead of the five-year averages of 76 percent for corn and 36 percent for beans.
USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says corn height is also ahead of schedule despite the poor weather conditions. "Last year we were at two inches, but that was for hardly any corn," Schleusener said. "(This year) we've got 96 percent (corn) planted, 878 percent emerged. (Corn) is four inches tall. The five-year average for height is only two inches."
Corn is 65 percent emerged in western Illinois. The only region with a lower total is the northeast at 61 percent.
Schleusener says intense rain last week caused pooling in many fields that will have to be replanted. Schleusener says it's not a widespread problem or severe. More than three-quarters of the farmland in western Illinois and three other regions have surplus moisture.
Illinois is faring well compared to a couple of other Midwestern states. Schleusener says 86 percent of Indiana's corn is planted and Missouri's is 85 percent. Illinois is neck-and-neck with Iowa.
|05 21 10 by Newsroom
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