The chilly, dry conditions may not have been fun for you, but Illinois farmers won't complain. “I don't think there was any hampering,” says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA in Illinois. “In fact, it may have helped some. A good hard freeze will knock some leaves off the soybeans.” Schleusener says farmers got an assist from Mother Nature, drying out crops so they would not have to pay someone to do it.
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Corn is 74 percent harvested. Soybeans are 85 percent harvested. That compares with five-year averages of 68 and 77, respectively.