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Illinois farmers catching up on slow corn crop

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Farmers across Illinois took advantage of a dry weather last week to plant a big piece of state's anticipated corn crop.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that 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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