Illinois' corn and soybean harvests slowed by wet weather

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SPRINGFIELD - According to a weekly crop progress update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois' corn harvest has been slowed down significantly due to recent wet weather.

On Monday, the USDA announced many Illinois farmers were unable to bring in their crop last week because of heavy rainfall.  Officials say 2.22 inches of rainfall was recorded statewide last week, which includes 4 inches in west-southwest Illinois.

Only 23 percent of the state's corn harvest had been completed as of Sunday, just half of the progress made this time in previous years.  The state's soybean harvest has also fallen behind, with 18 percent harvested this year in comparison to the 32 percent average.

However, the USDA says the state's corn and soybean crops are still in good shape, with 83 percent of the corn crop rated good or excellent, and 79 percent of the state's soybean crop rated good or excellent.

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