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Illinois Crop Conditions Decline Slightly

Illinois Crops Conditions Decline Slightly
While temperatures were near normal across much of Illinois last week, statewide rainfall was below normal in many areas, causing crop conditions in many areas to decline slightly, according to a report issued Monday by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Topsoil moisture was 31 percent very short, 48 percent short and only 21 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was a little better with 20 percent very short, 48 percent short and 32 percent adequate. Only 6 percent of the corn was mature compared to 73 percent at this time last year and the five year average of 38 percent. 3 percent of the corn was listed as very poor, 11 percent poor, 44 percent good and only 11 percent excellent. While most soybeans were setting pods, only 3 percent are dropping leaves compared to 19 percent at this time last year. 4 percent of the beans are in very poor condition, 12 percent in poor condition, 42 percent in good condition and only 7 percent in excellent shape.  
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