Crop conditions continue to slide

Crop conditions continue to slide

SPRINGFIELD — The condition of Illinois corn and soybean crops deteriorated further last week largely due to lack of rain,

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Agriculture show 71 percent of the corn crop was rated poor or very poor as of Sunday, up from 66 percent a week ago.

Fifty-six percent of the soybean crop was rated poor or very poor, up from 49 percent a week earlier, the department said.

The report comes at a key time in the development of the soybean crop. Sixty-one percent of the crop was setting pods, up from 40 percent a week earlier.

All topsoil in the state's eastern region, which includes the Champaign-Urbana, Danville and Kankakee areas, was dry, with 19 percent considered short on moisture and 81 percent very short.

Only 1 percent of the region's subsoil had adequate moisture. Fifteen percent was short on moisture, and 84 percent was very short.

Here's the breakdown on corn and soybean ratings statewide:

— Corn: Zero percent excellent, 5 percent good, 24 percent fair, 33 percent poor and 38 percent very poor.

— Soybeans: Zero percent excellent, 9 percent good, 35 percent fair, 29 percent poor and 27 percent very poor.

Area residents elected to state soybean board

SPRINGFIELD — Wendel Lutz of Dewey and Jered Hooker of Clinton have been elected to three-year terms on the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, the state Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.

Lutz will represent Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Piatt counties on the board, while Hooker will represent DeWitt, Moultrie, Macon, Shelby and Christian counties.

The board determines how to spend soybean checkoff dollars. The checkoff assessment for soybeans is 0.5 percent of market value.

In a separate commodity board election, Harold Davis of Odell was chosen to represent Champaign, Vermilion, Ford, Iroquois, Douglas, Piatt, Edgar, Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, Livingston and Will counties on the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.

The checkoff assessment for sheep and wool is 2.5 cents per pound.

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