Both April and May have proved to be very rainy months. The cooler and rainy weather during April pushed back the start of spring planting and the excessive rainfall during the month of May caused some farmers to have to go back and replant some of their corn. According to the Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report from the USDA, farmers continued planting soybeans last week while some others went back to replanting corn. Corn planted in Illinois is at 89 percent, very near the 5 year average of 90 percent, while soybeans planted is at 48 percent. This week won't be the ideal week for fieldwork and many will have to dodge the raindrops to get work done outside.
Additional showers will fall overnight Tuesday and again on Wednesday. The overall coverage is expected to remain a little lighter than what it was on Tuesday, but it will continue to push our monthly rainfall total closer and closer to that four inch mark.