Planting has advanced rapidly in the Boone County area since last week.
The area received about .70 of an inch of rain Thursday into Thursday night, June 3, but high temperatures warmed into the 70s and 80s after that, and planting conditions were near ideal.
By Tuesday morning, May 8, planting was considered 50 to 70 percent complete overall. Many area farmers were finished with corn planting and had moved on to soybeans. Some were finished planting both corn and soybeans.
Development of the crops was still behind normal, but some corn and soybeans were emerged by early this week.
Statewide, corn planting was estimated at 42 percent by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn emerged was two percent, behind nine percent last year and the 10 percent average.
Read the complete story in the May 9 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.