It was cool and dry last week allowing Illinois growers to continue their swift crop harvest pace. Fifty-four percent of Illinois corn, as of Sunday, was harvested. Less than 20 percent was harvested this time last year and the average is only 23 percent. Ninety-five percent of the corn crop has reached maturity.
Illinois soybean harvest is eight-percent complete, which is ahead of last year but close to the five-year average. Soybeans turning color and dropping leaves are both ahead. About a third of the crop is in poor to very poor shape, just over a third is in fair shape.
Five percent of the state’s winter wheat crop has been planted.
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