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Corn and Soybeans Are Doing Well

Corn and Soybeans Are Doing Well

Illinois corn and soybeans continue in good stead in 2014, and a new report shows more crops are being planted than earlier predicted.

“Overall, the state averaged 1.48 inches of rain. That’s a little more than one-half inch above normal for the week,” says Mark Schleusener, the USDA’s state statistician in Illinois. “Temperatures were also a little bit above normal, at 1½ degrees above normal.”

Schleusener says corn has begun silking and soybeans have begun blooming. Conditions are good to excellent in 80 percent of corn and 74 percent of soybeans.

A new acreage report shows the nation’s soybean crop is in 84.8 million acres, compared to a March projection of 81..5 million. Corn is 91.6 million, as opposed to 91.65 million. In Illinois, both crops are ahead of the March “intentions report.” Corn is 12 million acres and soybeans 10.1 million acres, compared to 11.9 million and 9.5 million, respectively.

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