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USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops excelling

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 12:05 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Illinois’ corn and soybean crops are faring well.

The USDA said in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state’s corn is rated as either good or excellent. Ninety-four percent of the crop is silking, mirroring the average over the previous five years.

Roughly 77 percent of Illinois’ soybean crop is considered good or excellent. Seventy-nine percent of the soybeans in the field are now blooming, 5 percent points below the five-year average.

The USDA said that’s all despite the fact that rainfall statewide last week was a half inch below normal.

The department said 65 percent of Illinois pastures were considered good or excellent.

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