Illinois corn and soybeans continue a strong start to the 2014 season, aided by warm, dry weather. “Soil moisture around the state is rated as 14 percent in very short and short condition, 77 percent in adequate supply, and 9 percent is surplus,” said Mark Schleusener, the USDA’s Illinois state statistician.
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Rainfall was about two-thirds of an inch, with the norm being about an inch. Emergence is ahead of the averages, with corn at 91 percent and soybeans 59 percent. Most of those crops are planted.