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Spring planting expected to get in full force next week


ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) - A few farmers in Adams County have already started planting corn, even though rain and colder temperatures are in the forecast.

At this time in 2012, 18 percent of the state's corn was already planted. In comparison to this year, with only a handful of farmers that have been in the fields.

Mike Roegge, a crop specialist with the University of Illinois Extension Office, says that's because of the poor weather conditions.

"If we had conditions similar to last spring, we definitely would have guys planting corn," Roegge said. "But we need dryer conditions and warmer soil conditions before we can start planting much corn."

Depending on the rainfall the area receives over the next couple days, Roegge expects planters to be out in full force starting Monday.

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