Wet Spring Could Mean Tough Decisions for Farmers

Area farmers are playing catch-up on the spring planting season due to an unusually wet spring.

“It has been a challenge,” said area farmer Ron Hackstadt. “We really haven’t been able to get much corn in before this last week.”

According to the USDA Crop Progress Report released last week, corn planting in Illinois is only 35 percent completed, while just 14 percent of soybeans have been planted.

Both of those numbers are well behind yearly norms. Last year at this time, Illinois farmers had planted 99 percent of corn and 89 percent of soybeans.

Over the last five years, 95 percent of corn planting and 70 percent of soybeans have been planted by this time.

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