Planting pace expected to pick up in Illinois this week

A northwest Illinois farmer says a warm, dry forecast will pick up the planting pace in Illinois this week.

Randy DeSutter of Woodhull tells Brownfield he started planting corn on April 26th and had a good week, finishing up May 2nd.

“Around here some people planted beans, some people planted corn, some people did nothing, but I think this week a lot will get done. It is going to be warm and windy and dry things out, so a lot is going to get planted this week if the weather holds.”

He says last week’s cool, wet weather kept him out of the fields and has him a little concerned about corn emergence, but “I think it will come up and be fine. You know, if we had a month of this really nasty weather we had last week I’d be worried, but this late in the year with he warmer weather coming I think we will be in good shape.”

DeSutter, who serves on the National Corn Growers Association Board of Directors, says they are starting soybeans this week and hope to get close to the finish line.

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