Warm temperatures and well-timed rain kept Illinois crops in good condition over the past week. 77% of the soybean crop is rated in good to excellent condition, with 85% now blooming and 51% setting pods. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 97% of corn is now silking.
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13% of sorghum is turning color and 66% of oats have been harvested. Average statewide topsoil moisture increased slightly to 1% very short, 5% short, 84% adequate, and 10% surplus.