The weekly crop report in Illinois is a three-letter word: dry. It might be too late to have a quality corn harvest. “The corn’s in that pollination stage,” said Brad Schwab, Illinois field office director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. “That’s a critical time, and if it’s suffering, it’s certainly not going to fill out, and the ear is not going to be very long, when it’s stressed like it’s being stressed right now.”
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Schwab says soybeans still have hope, as long as some rain is coming. Corn is showing 17 percent silked and 53 inches average height, both above average. But about two-thirds is rated in fair condition or worse. Soybeans are eleven percent blooming, well above average.