Corn planting mostly finished after uncooperative spring - – Rockford’s News Leader

Corn planting mostly finished after uncooperative spring


ST. LOUIS (WREX) — Despite delays from a storm-ridden spring, Illinois corn growers have finished planting most of their crops.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report, about 95 percent of the country's corn crop has been sown so far, with 85 percent of it emerged, an 11 percent improvement over last week. However, last year practically all of the new corn crop had broken through by this time.

Farmers are now turning their focus to soybeans, with 71 percent of that crop being planted across the country, a 14 percent improvement over last week. At this time last year, 88 percent of the crop had been planted.

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