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More Good Weather Leads to More Good Crops

More Good Weather Leads to More Good Crops

Cool and dry conditions prevailed in the week just past, according to the USDA crop report for Illinois.

“Corn silking reached 82 percent, ahead of the five-year average of 70 percent,” said Doug Hartwig, Heartland Region director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. “Corn was rated with 81 percent in good to excellent condition. 69 percent of the soybeans were blooming, ahead of the five-year average of 55 percent. Soybeans were rated with 77 percent in good to excellent condition.”

Topsoil moisture is reported at 83 percent adequate, and the temperature was about 10 degrees below normal.

Coming up: warmer and humid conditions. “It must be getting to be fair time,” Hartwig quips.

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