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Cold weather slows planting progress in North-Central Illinois

A North-Central Illinois farmer hopes the planting pace picks up in his area soon. Jim Campion says, “It’s cold and damp and it’s been really slow going.”

Campion raises corn and soybeans north of Peoria in Stark County. He tells Brownfield farmers are trying to locate fields that are ready. “There’s been a lot of beans get planted here in the last three-to-four days,” he said. “People seem to be keeping the brakes on corn.”

Campion compares this year to 2008. “The difference was it was sunny and cold, versus this kind of cloudy pattern we’ve been sitting in,” he said.

He says they haven’t had too much moisture, but the lack of warmer temperatures has made the soil slow to dry out.

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