It’s getting to be close to time to give up for some Illinois farmers. The latest USDA crop report for Illinois shows 93 percent of the corn is silked and seventy percent of the soybeans are blooming. But poor to very poor conditions are reported in 56 percent of the corn and 41 percent of the soybeans.
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“I think the frustrating part that we’re hearing from producers is that this was a crop – corn and soybeans – that went in as efficiently as we’ve ever seen it,” Nelson says. “Early planted. Picture-perfect stands. And then, basically, the water spigot shut off.” Temperatures for the week returned closer to normal, with the statewide average 78.2. Rainfall averaged a little more than a half-inch, which is about a third of an inch below normal.