Illinois Department of Ag says corn planting off to very slow start

Steve Tarter

It’s official. Corn planting is off to one of its slowest starts in years, according to the latest crop report from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The report, released Monday, indicated that 5 percent of the state’s corn crop had been planted, compared to 25 percent at this time last year.

Normally, farmers have two-thirds of their corn crop in the ground by this time, according to the state five-year average.

“It’s a slight concern right now because nothing has really gotten started yet,” said Patrick Kirchhofer, manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.

Central Illinois farmers will probably have to wait a while longer since more rain is forecast across the area, said Bryce Anderson, chief agricultural meteorologist for DTN, an Omaha-based information service.

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