Farmers across Illinois took advantage of a dry week last week to plant a big piece of state's anticipated corn crop. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says 32 percent of the expected corn crop has been planted. That is just 1 percent shy of the average for this time of year, but well beyond of the 5 percent that had been planted a week ago. Farmers had been delayed by cool and wet weather. A handful of farmers have also started planting soybeans. The Agriculture Department says 2 percent of that crop was planted last week. A week earlier none of the soybean crop was in the ground. Illinois is one of the country's largest producers of both corn and soybeans.
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