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Rain, Cold Slow Illinois Corn Planting

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State agriculture officials say wet, cold weather has kept Illinois farmers out of their fields this spring. Only 1 percent of the corn crop has been planted.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture contends Monday in its weekly crop report that typically about 10 percent of the statewide corn crop would be in the fields by mid-April.

Farmers, last year, also had a slow start planting corn. At this same point in April, 1 percent of the crop was in the field.

Much of the state received heavy rainfall last week.

Illinois is usually one of the top two corn-producing states in the country, alongside Iowa.

The two states are also usually the top soybean producers in the country. That crop typically planted later in the year.

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