Small decline in Illinois corn, bean condition

Corn, soybeans and pasture conditions last week are down slightly from the week before.

Nearly 100% of Illinois corn has emerged. Sixty-eight-percent of the corn that has is rated good to excellent.

Soybean planting reached 95% as of Sunday, ahead of the five-year average. Soybean emergence is well ahead of average at 91%.  Eighty-two percent of soybeans are rated fair to good.

Winter wheat condition is nearly 60% good with 23% excellent.

The average temperature in Illinois last week was seven degrees above normal and there was less than an inch of rain statewide. The US Drought Monitor shows sections of west-central and eastern, and, the northernmost areas of Illinois as “abnormally dry.”

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