Much progress was made around the corn belt this past week. Above normal temperatures and drier weather combined to allow significant planting progress. Many states are reporting that planting progress is approaching the long term averages for corn and soybeans. Planting is progressing, while conditions remain variable, with frequent rainfall and cooler conditions in some areas preventing soils from drying. Field activities (spraying, fertilizing, tilling , and planting) went into the night to make up for lost time.