ILLINOIS ONE PERCENT PLANTED ON APRIL 21
Illinois is only one percent planted, says USDA Planting Progress report released on April 22. This, compared to a three percent planted figure at this time last year and a five-year average for the state of 17 percent planted.
Nationally, six percent of the corn is planted compared to five percent planted last year and a five-year average of 12 percent planted.
Southern states seem to be having the most success in the fields in April with Texas showing 59 percent of corn planted - the highest number in the nation by far. North Carolina has 28 percent of corn planted and Tennessee has planted 24 percent. These southern states do not represent the largest corn-growing states in the nation though, so there certainly remains a majority of corn to be planted as of April 21, 2019.
Illinois farmers are looking forward to warmer temperatures this week, though spotty rains so progress might not move much in the coming week.