At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
“Corn planting remains stalled at 1 percent complete. That compares to 56 percent one year ago, when we had that wonderful early spring,” the USDA says.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.