The two major crops in the state are coming along. The latest USDA crop report for Illinois has 28 percent of the corn silking and 29 percent of soybeans blooming. That would put corn about average and soybeans a little ahead of average for this time of year. State statistician Mark Schleusener says some crops in northern Illinois suffered damage from straight-line winds.
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Mostly, farmers have reason to smile, with 80 percent of corn and 75 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition. “Rainfall was typically below normal, and, honestly, that was a good thing for people wanting to harvest their wheat,” says Schleusener. "Wheat harvest is now at 82 percent complete; that's up 27 points from one week ago.”