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updated: 6/11/2013 8:27 AM

Corn planting winds done; focus turns to beans

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ST. LOUIS -- Corn growers across Illinois and the rest of the nation's midsection appear to have finally gotten their crops in the ground after an uncooperative, storm-prone spring left them weeks behind schedule.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report shows 95 percent of the nation's corn crop had been sown as of Sunday.

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Some 85 percent of that crop has emerged, up 11 percent from the previous week. But it still falls short of a year ago, when virtually all of the newly planted corn already had broken through the ground.

Farmers now largely are turning their full attention to soybeans. Seventy-one percent of that effort is done nationwide, a 14-percent improvement from a week earlier. A year ago, 88 percent of the soybeans were in the ground.

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