Illinois' winter wheat harvest gets rolling

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' harvest of winter wheat is in full swing, while the state's latest soybean and corn crops grow taller.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one-fifth of the state's winter wheat crop has been brought in from the fields.  That's twice the rate of last year's harvest at this time, but off from the average pace of 31 percent over the previous five years.

The USDA also says 53 percent of the state's corn crop is rated as being in good condition, and another 25 percent in excellent shape.  Over half of the soybean crop is said to be in good shape, while an additional 18 percent is in excellent condition.



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