The progress of Illinois corn and soybeans is good, as are their conditions, as recorded by the USDA crop statistics service.  “With corn being at 62 percent silking, it’s ahead of last year at 19 percent and ahead of the five-year average at 48 percent.  So we’d assume the maturity would come along with that and develop a little bit earlier,” said Doug Hartwig, Heartland District director for the National Agricultural Statistics Service.  
 
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“Same thing on the beans; we’re seeing 50 percent blooming, compared to last year 29 percent and the average 36.”  The conditions are 76 percent good or excellent for soybeans and 81 percent good or excellent for corn.
 
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