USDA reports Illinois corn harvest still slower than average

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SPRINGFIELD - According to a weekly crop progress update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois' corn harvest continues to creep along, despite favorable weather conditions allowing farmers to get more work done out in their fields.

On Monday, the USDA announced that just 14 percent of Illinois' corn crop has been harvested.  That number is two percentage points higher than last year, but is down from the average 20 percentage points over the last five years.  Fortunately, last week's above-average temperatures and lack of rainfall statewide made for suitable work conditions in the field.

The USDA also reports that 83 percent of the state's corn crop is rated good to excellent, and 78 percent of the soybean crop was also considered to be in good or excellent condition.  Eighty percent of corn has reached maturity, five percentage points higher than normal.
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