Crops are being planted for one last time on the 240 acres of rural Tuscola, Ill., farmland slated to be site of the new Cronus fertilizer plant.
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Farmers have planted 38 percent of the Minnesota corn crop. That's 18 days ahead of last year and nine days ahead of the five-year average.
The winter wheat crop in Kansas is showing signs of stress from disease and drought.
According to USDA's Crop Progress report, farmers have 19% of corn planted, a 10% increase from last week.
The goal of having 50% of the corn planted by May 8 seems very possible as the average progress for this week is 20%.
According to USDA's Crop Progress report, 55% of spring wheat is planted with 9% emerged.