At this point last year, 56 percent of the Illinois corn crop had sprouted.
This year, only 11 percent has even made it into the ground, compared to 88 percent planted as of May 12 of 2018, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
That is how far the wet soil has put farmers behind this spring.
Because of frequent rain most of last week, just one percent was added to the planting total.
The 11 percent planted as of Sunday compares to a five-year average of 82 percent.
Soybean planting is also severely lagging, with just 3 percent planted, compared to 61 percent at this point last year and a five-year average of 34 percent.
This week's forecast is mixed, with clear skies forecast until possible showers on Tuesday night, partly cloudy skies Wednesday, a possibility of rain Thursday evening, clear skies Friday and scattered showers over the weekend.