The biggest problem on Illinois farms so far is too much rain. Thirty percent of the fields are reporting surplus topsoil moisture. It’s 100 percent in Southwestern Illinois. “Rainfall, in particular over the weekend, really soaked the state, and in some places they didn’t need that soaking,” said USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener, talking about the weekly crop progress and weather report.
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The only harm, though, is corn height, 21 inches, behind last year’s 51 and the five-year average of 35, and it’s uneven in the rows. There is some indication of disease in corn from the wet conditions. The condition of corn is 67 percent good or excellent. Soybeans are 69 percent good or excellent.