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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Percent of corn acreage planted in Illinois by May 6, 2012 (USDA-NASS).
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Illinois planting progress


Planting progress statistics for the week ending May 6, 2012 have been compiled by the Illinois Department of Agriculture through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide, 89% of the corn acreage has been planted. Planting has progressed faster than this time last year, when only 27% of the corn had been planted and faster than the five-year-average of 47% (Figure). In the Western Illinois region, which houses the NWIARDC, 91% of the corn acres have been planted.

Weather conditions statewide have favored germination and emergence, with 64% of the corn emerged. This is nine percentage points higher than at this point in any of the last 10 years. In Western Illinois, 50% of the corn has emerged.


Soybean planting progress is 21% statewide, with 13% emerged. This progress is much further along than in 2011, when only 1% of the acreage had been planted at this point and further along than the five-year average of 7% (Figure). In Western Illinois, 25% of the soybeans have been planted and 7% have emerged.

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