Illinois farmers are finding some decent corn in their fields. The corn harvest is up to 54 percent complete statewide, according to the weekly crop progress report from the USDA. That’s up from 36 percent last week and well ahead of normal. Crop statistician Brad Schwab says the drought-affected corn is what went first, and now farmers are working on the corn that turned out OK.
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“The corn that’s being harvested up in the northern part of the state is some of the better corn that we have estimated for in our last two crop production reports, so it is gonna be the better yields,” he said. The soybean harvest is now 8 percent complete. Some rain has improved the moisture content of topsoil. It’s now 48 percent adequate. There are even some areas in Southern Illinois reporting surplus moisture.