Farmers were able to get into the field more last week, but were unable to catch up on crop planting that has been stymied by excessive rain and wet ground.
As of May 19, a total of 24 percent of Illinois' corn crop had been planted, compared to 11 percent at the end of the previous week. The Illinois Crop Progress and Condition Report said that compares to 95 percent of the corn crop being planted as of this time last year, and a 5-year average of 89 percent.
Eleven percent of the corn has emerged, compared to 81 percent at the same point in 2018 and a 5-year average of 71 percent.
A total of 9 percent of the soybean crop has been planted, with a 79 percent total the same time last year and a 5-year average of 51 percent. Two percent have emerged, with that total being 52 percent in 2018 and a 5-year average of 23 percent.
Soil moisture statewide is described as 56 percent surplus and 44 percent adequate in the most recent Department of Agriculture report.