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Record planting week!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Despite the threat of inclement weather, farmers in Illinois took advantage of this past week. The week ending May 19th has the Illinois corn crop at 74% planted, a phenomenal leap from the previous weeks 17%. This puts us near our 5 year average of planting progress.
At the NIARC we are nearly done with corn trials and with be turning our full attention to soybean. Our two earliest planted corn dates and our early planted soybean have all emerged in our date of planting studies.

Current soil temperatures at the NIARC at the 4" level are over 62 degrees.

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