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Rain slows soybean planting

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The recent rains continue to push back spring planting for some area farmers.

According to the latest USDA report, 19% of the state's soybeans are now planted. Compare that with this time last year when 75% soybeans were planted.

"I'd rather be done by now. If I had a choice I'd rather start late April, first of May and be done by the middle of May but, it's not getting late yet," said Adams County Farmer Dennis Dempsey.

The reason for the delay? The fields haven't had a chance to dry out enough.

"Everybody is in the same boat this year. It just got too wet and corn planting was delayed so people are finishing up the corn and starting on beans," said Dempsey.

The USDA reports soybeans emerged are only at 1%.

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