The outlook for Illinois corn and soybeans is still bleak. The state received an average of one-tenth of an inch of rain last week, leaving only 13 percent of the state’s topsoil with adequate moisture. USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says the damage to the corn was done weeks ago, and even now soybeans probably won’t benefit from rain.
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“At this point now we’re getting late enough where it’s not gonna be of much use to them either, because a lot of the fields are turning yellow now so they’re going towards maturity. We missed out on a lot of opportunity this year so it’s gonna definitely affect the soybean yields,” he said. The corn crop is 6 percent harvested now, with the most progress in Southern Illinois. Seventy-eight percent of it is in poor or very poor condition. Beans are 51 percent poor or very poor.