Corn planting progresses throughout West Central Illinois

Corn planting progresses throughout West Central Illinois

Corn and soybean planting has begun in South Dakota with 3 percent of the corn in the ground and 1 percent of the soybeans, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 69 good, and 8 excellent.

Spring wheat planting was 75 percent, ahead of 70 percent a year ago and a five-year average of 56 percent.

Pasture conditions are 74 percent good to excellent, while livestock conditions and feedlots are improving.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 20 percent surplus. Soybean planting is now four percent complete compared to two percent normally.

Statewide, the average termperature was 58.5 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal.

Drier and warmer weather over the weekend did allow some producers into their fields to plant corn and oats.

IL corn planting jumped to 34% from last week's 6% and was 5% emerged.

CBOT July wheat rose 5-1/2 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $4.24-3/4 a bushel while July KC hard red winter wheat added 6 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $4.20-1/4.

Rain in Oklahoma eased drought conditions, except in the east-central area. Weekly rain totals varied from none or just sprinkles at locations such as Newton, Toledo, Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Iowa City to 1.97 inches north of Woodbine in Harrison County.

USA corn futures rose for a second straight session on Tuesday on a slower-than-average start to planting in the United States and forecasts for Midwest rains that will stall further progress. Louisiana was furthest along, at 79%, followed by Texas at 65%.

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