While it's too early to declare 2016 “the year it was wet all the time,” the recent numbers are impressive, according to the weekly USDA crop progress report. “Every region was more than two inches above normal rainfall,” said Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA in Illinois. “The state average was 3 1/4 inches for the week. Topsoil moisture is now rated 59 percent of adequate and 40 percent surplus. We have not seen 40 percent surplus in quite some time.”
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Soybeans are 84 percent emerged, with 70 percent rated good or excellent. The corn crop is rated 76 percent good or excellent. Schleusener did not provide a report of the corn's progress.