During a week that saw severe storms throughout the state, one percent of Illinois corn has been planted.
The USDA reports this is the same amount planted at this time last year but in 2012, 34 percent of corn was in the ground. The five year average shows 10 percent of corn was planted.
No soybean crops have yet been planted in the second weekly crop progress report, released yesterday. Soybeans don’t normally get planted until the end of April.
Crop statistician Mark Schleusener says the warm weather raised the soil temperature enough for planting, but farmers haven’t been able to get out in the fields right away.
“Until we see what this week does to us it feels like winter’s grip has loosened,” says Schleusener.
“Soil temperatures are up and if soils are dry enough then producers will be planting. We have rain and cold coming which could delay a few days and perhaps even longer.”
Locally, topsoil is 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil is 46 percent short, 48 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.
The West Southwest area saw 3.7 days of fieldwork for the week, a full day higher than the state average.
Temperatures for the week were up across the state. Schleusener says that’s great news for farmers.
“Basically we had a week of warm weather that really helped,” says Schleusener.
“Overall the state was over five degrees above normal temperature for the week. That certainly helped soil temperatures and that’s what farmers are looking for.”
The West Southwest District registered 4.8 degrees higher than last week. The area’s overall temperature averaged a temperature of 56 degrees.
The local district saw 0.17 inches of precipitation, which is 0.88 inches lower than average and nearly half the total of the state average of 0.32 inches.