- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Department of Agriculture says wet, cool conditions in Illinois kept farmers out of their filed for much of last week.

The average temperature across Illinois was about three degrees below normal at 58.8 degrees. Precipitation averaged 2.09 inches, about 2 inches above normal.

Agriculture analysts say there was only one day during the week ending May 15 that had conditions suitable for field work.

Eighty-three percent of the corn crop has been planted, compared to the 5-year average of 76 percent. Corn emerged was at 64 percent, compared to 66 percent last year and the 5-year average of 45 percent. Twenty-nine percent of the soybean crop has been planted.

The winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.


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