Hot, dry weather dominated the weather in Illinois last week, affecting crops in most areas of the state except for the northeast and southeast where some rain fell. Top soil moisture continued to decline in most areas and rated at 27 percent very short, 50 percent short and only 23 percent adequate. Corn in the dent stage reached 46 percent compared to 94 percent last year. Corn, which had been in pretty good shape until recently, was rated at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 46 percent good and only 11 percent excellent. 97 percent of soybeans are blooming and 91 percent of beans were setting pods. Soybeans are rated at 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 45 percent good and only 7 percent excellent.
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