Illinois corn and soybean harvests hampered by wet conditions

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SPRINGFIELD - According to a weekly crop progress update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois soybean and corn harvests are still behind the average pace of the last five years.

On Monday, the USDA said that the ground is saturated with moisture due to nearly three weeks of wet conditions, which has made it tough for farmers to bring in crops from the fields.

The agency reports that 43 percent of Illinois' corn harvest is complete, but that number is down 20 percentage points from the previous five-year average.  The USDA also says about 37 percent of the state's soybean crop has been harvested, down 29 percentage points from the previous five-year average.

However, the USDA reports that 83 percent of the corn crop is rated as good or excellent, and a little more than 75 percent of the soybean crop is rated as good or excellent.
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