On the farm, it was a decent year. The USDA says Illinois corn is 98 percent harvested, and soybeans are almost 100 percent in, which closes the book on the 2013 season for the state’s biggest crops. USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says following the Drought of 2012, this year turned out OK. “Generally, farmers were pleasantly surprised when they ran the combines on the corn and the soybeans.
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The cool summer, I think, is what’s frequently pointed to as the reason why the crops were surprisingly good, because the moisture really kind of ran out too soon,” he said. The state got above-average rainfall last week, and it was spread statewide. Topsoil moisture is still 19 percent short or very short as we head into winter.