Illinois' soybean and corn crops in great shape

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SPRINGFIELD - In its weekly crop-status update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that Illinois' soybean and corn crops are in good shape.

According to the USDA, about 81 percent of Illinois' corn crop is rated as good or excellent, with 94 percent of the crop silking.  Approximately 77 percent of the state's soybean crop is rated as good or excellent, with 79 percent of the crop blooming.

The department also reports that 65 percent of the state's pastures were considered good or excellent.

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