It’s no drought, just a dry spell. But Illinois farmers are probably ready for it to be over.
“The state average temperature was seven degrees below normal,” said Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. “Still, soil moisture supplies are dwindling, and crop conditions are declining slightly. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 11 percent very short, 50 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and one percent surplus.”
70 percent of corn is in the dough stage, while 76 percent of soybeans are setting pods. 64 percent of corn and 65 percent of soybeans are in good or excellent condition.