All Illinois farmers need is a little rain, and they’ll be all set. The latest USDA crop report for the state shows 95 percent of corn is silked, and 81 percent of soybeans are blooming, both in line with long-term averages.
“72 percent of corn acres are in good or excellent condition,” says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. “Very similar for soybeans … 74 percent of soybean acres are in good or excellent condition.”
Schleusener says while the planting season has been relatively late, “generally, we’ve had nice, cool weather all through July, and that has helped not to stress the crops.”