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Angie Peltier
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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Corn planting progress in Illinois as of May 19 in 2004 through 2013 (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Planting progress - Midwestern, Illinois and Regional - May 19, 2013

The USDA-National Agricultural Statistic Service released the Illinois Crop Progress & Condition Report for the week ending May 19th.

At the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) just outside of Monmouth, Illinois, the rain Sunday night (May 19th) put us at just over 5 inches for the month of May (Current May total = 5.29 inches).

These rain events were just evenly spaced enough to cause a little anxiety, but did not seem to hinder planting progress throughout much of the region in states surrounding and including Illinois (Figure).

In Illinois, corn planting went from 17 to 74 percent completed in just one week (Figure), only slightly behind the five-year average of 77 percent (Figure). Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin all trail Illinois in corn planting progress (Figure). In the Western Illinois Crop Reporting District, 66 percent of the intended corn acres have been planted, with 6 percent emerged. At the NWIARDC, all research trials that required corn have been planted and only 12 percent of the bulk corn fields remain to be planted.

The cool, rainy weather that caused delays in corn planting has spilled over to delay soybean planting progress, as most field crops producers prefer to finish planting corn before starting on soybean. Compared to just a week ago, when soybean planting progress was in the single digits in many states, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri all have more than 10 percent of the intended soybean acres planted with Indiana leading the way (Figure).

Illinois farmers have completed planting 19 percent of intended soybean acres, up from less than one percent a week ago, but trailing the five-year average of 35 percent (Figure). Farmers in the Western Illinois Crop Reporting District have completed planting 11 percent of the intended soybean acres. At the NWIARDC, the only soybeans that have been planted were for a soybean planting date experiment.

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