(SPRINGFIELD) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, the statewide corn planting was winding down and farmers made good progress with soybeans planting and hay cutting last week. The statewide average temperature was 69.7 degrees last week, 5.7 degrees above normal. Illinois’ average precipitation was just over 1 inch of rain (1.06), just over a tenth of an inch (0.13) above normal. As of Sunday, corn planted was at 96% complete while the soybeans planted came in at 81%. The statewide wheat crop is mostly in fair to good conditions with 74% headed out. Farmers in our ten county area report all the intended acreage for corn has been planted with about 90% of the soybeans now planted. While the majority of regional farmers received some much needed rain, there are still some spots that did not receive much rain at all. Farmers are reminded to remember “safety first” as the spring planting season continues here in downstate Illinois.