Rainy, cool start to week great for crops

(WAND) -- A slow-moving storm system is set to bring more rain and cool temperatures to central Illinois to end July.

Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says more than two inches of rain has already fallen across most of the area with another one to two inches possible through Tuesday. He says the rain will be scattered with a few dry periods as well.

By Wednesday, with the return of high pressure, sunshine will be back in the forecast and last right through the weekend. That will also help temperatures rebound. Highs Monday and Tuesday stay in the 70s before climbing close to 90 for the weekend.

Ag Expert David Brown says the rainy, cool weather is only helping push the yield. He says this year's corn yields should be exceptional.

"While I have not traveled that much this summer, we do seem to be the garden spot for this year's crop.  The soybeans are also coming along nicely.  They could use more rain into August to maximize yield potential but they look to be in very good shape," Brown says. "As I look at the corn fields as I pass by, they have that late season color which means it is in its final stages. This is the time when weight is put into the ears on the plant."

Brown tells WAND that farmers are realizing that harvest will be here much earlier than normal. He says they are cleaning bins and preparing equipment to be ready. "Right now, I am thinking Labor Day or possibly earlier (for harvest)."