State Crop Statistician Releases Weekly Corn and Soybean Condition Report
54% of Corn Good to Excellent and 58% of Soybeans Rated Excellent
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It was another cool, dry week for Illinois crops.

Both temperatures and rainfall were below normal this past week. Average statewide topsoil moisture declined to 14 percent very short, 37 percent short and 49 percent adequate. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener has the weekly update on the corn crop.

"Two thirds of corn acres has reached the dense stage or beyond, compared to 81% one year ago and 78% for the five-year average. 13% of acres are mature compared to 26% normally. The condition of the corn crop is rated 14% in very poor to poor condition, 32% fair and 54% of acres are in good to excellent condition."

As far as the soybean crop is concerned, Schleusener says.

"Soybeans were turning colors on 19% of acres compared to 17% a year ago and 24% normally. 3% were dropping leaves compared to 4% normally. The condition of the soybean crop was rated as 13% of acres is very poor to poor condition, 29% fair and 58% in good to excellent condition."

29 percent of sorghum is mature and the third cutting of alfalfa is nearly complete.

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