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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