Dry but cold weather conditions prevailed over the last week for Illinois farmers. Corn and soybeans are almost finished being harvested, according to the latest USDA crop progress report. The main crops in the state are 94 and 95 percent harvested, respectively.
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A crop popular among Southern Illinois growers, winter wheat, may have some left over because of the cold. “Emergence is behind normal,” says Todd Ballard, deputy director for the Heartland District (Illinois and Missouri) for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. “There are some concerns of cold … and they may not be able to get some acres planted.”