Crops rapidly advancing across Illinois...

According to the Illinois Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wet conditions slowed the progress of spraying and mowing while increasing the progress of parched fields. Statewide precipitation averaged 3.25 inches, 2.23 inches above normal.

Corn is 96 percent silked compared to 49 percent last year and the five-year average of 82 percent. Dough corn reached 41 percent compared to 5 percent last year and a 21 percent five-year average.

Soybeans are 79 percent blooming compared to 43 percent last year and the five year average of 71 percent. The percentage of soybeans setting pods is 36 percent, close to the five-year average of 29 percent.

Topsoil moisture was rated at 15 percent very short or short and 85 percent adequate to surplus.

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