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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. Progress of corn planting in Illinois, 2003-2013 (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Statewide and NWIARDC Planting Progress - May 16, 2013

According to the USDA-NASS, state-wide, Illinois corn planting has progressed since last week, but is still slower than any other of the past 9 years except 2009 (Figure). Compared to all of the neighboring states, some of which have fewer total intended corn acres, Illinois planting progress is trailing both Indiana and Kentucky, but is slightly ahead of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin (Figure).

Field operations at the NWIARDC were stalled since the rains last week and the cold, cloudy weather that followed. The NWIARDC has already received close to 0.4 inches more rain than average for the entire month of May!

Brian Mansfield, Research Agronomist, and Marty Johnson, Research Specialist started running hard yesterday (May 15th) once soil became workable. They have caught up on all pre-emergence herbicide and nitrogen applications and have completed 80% of spring tillage. They have planted 70 percent of the corn into experimental trials and 50 percent of the bulk corn. Less than 1 percent of intended soybean acres have been planted.

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