Another wet week in Illinois farm fields is in the books. Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois, says only 7 percent of the corn crop is in, compared to 88 percent at this time last year. “The five-year average for this date is 48 percent,” says Schleusener. No measurable soybean crop is in now.
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Schleusener says topsoil moisture is reported as “surplus” in 56 percent of the state. However, “there’s just not enough of a crop in the ground to be hurt” by the excess water now, Schleusener says. Schleusener is promoting participation in the five-year ag census, which keeps track of how many people in the U.S. are farming.