The corn and soybeans are coming out of Illinois fields. The USDA's weekly progress report shows the harvest for the state’s two main crops is 35 percent and 29 percent complete, respectively. Still, it could be finished in time for Thanksgiving dinner, depending on how much more rain we get. “Last week was not too bad,” says Mark Schleusener, the state statistician for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois.
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“Both corn and soybean harvest jumped by a little bit more than 10 (percentage) points. Not a great week, but I’ll call it a good week.” Schleusener says Southern Illinois got about an inch of rain. The statewide average was about a half inch. Crop conditions are good or excellent for 83 percent of corn and 79 percent of soybeans.