The home stretch is coming for Illinois farmers.  Corn and soybeans are making progress and looking good.

 “Last week was a little cooler than normal,” says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA.  “We were four degrees below normal for the week.  The average rainfall was a little bit below average for the week. It's been a while since we've had one of those; just over one-half of an inch, and it was two-tenths of an inch below normal.”


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Eighty-three percent of corn and 76 percent of soybeans are in good or excellent condition.  The corn harvest advanced to 6 percent, still behind the average, but soybeans are 45 percent dropping leaves, about even with the long-term average.

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