|This might be a bit of a no-brainer, but Illinois farmers have not been able to get much of a start on planting corn and soybeans this year.
That's according to the weekly crop progress report issued yesterday by the National Agriculture Statistics Service.
U-S-D-A Illinois Crop statistician Mark Schleusener says, as you can expect, last week's rains and cool temperatures are to blame.
"Corn planting remains stalled at one percent complete," says Schleusener. "That compares to 56 percent one year ago when we had that wonderful early spring, but it compares to 24 percent for the five year average, so well behind normal."
Schleusener says the oat crop is only 27 percent in right now. Last year, it was almost completely in.
Locally, the western crop reporting district which includes Knox County reported about six-and-a-half inches of rain last week -- almost four-inches above normal, while average temperatures were about three-degrees below normal, averaging around 47 degrees.
All 100 percent of crop ground in the region now reports having adequate to surplus topsoil moisture.