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Dry Spots Popping Up on Illinois Farm Fields
Dry Spots Popping Up on Illinois Farm Fields

For the first time this year, Illinois farms are showing some dry spots.

Topsoil moisture is short on 16 percent of fields, and subsoil moisture is 9 percent short, according to the weekly USDA crop progress and weather report.

Crop statistician Doug Hartwig says some rain would help.

“We’ve had the heat, so some of the moisture supplies are getting less, and starting to put some of the crop probably in a little stress. Moisture would help them develop, especially with corn tasseling, that tasseling period two weeks before and two weeks after, moisture sure helps that crop develop,” he said.

The corn is 21 percent silked, well behind last year (91 percent) and the five-year average (50 percent). The average height is 63 inches, up from 48 last week. Soybeans are 32 percent blooming, and 3 percent setting pods.

Corn is rated 69 percent good or excellent. Beans are rated 73 percent good or excellent.