Alton, IL

Farmers Take Advantage of Drier Weather

Story by WBGZ Radio

Farmers are making a lot of planting progress, thanks to the warmer and drier weather. With 5 1/2 days suitable for fieldwork, corn planting advanced to 90% complete.

Crop Statistician Matt Russell says 63% of corn has emerged and gives an update on soybeans.

Click here for Russell's comments

48% of winter wheat has headed and 63% of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average statewide topsoil moisture is nearly unchanged at 1% very short, 14% short, 79% adequate, and 6% surplus.

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