The corn harvest is making steady progress. The corn crop in Illinois advanced from 64 percent to 79 percent harvested over the last week, according to the weekly USDA crop progress and condition report. That’s a good pace, says USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab.
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“That’s still behind last year’s 96 percent [at this time], but of course last year was a record pace for corn harvest so it’s really not fair to compare it to last year. However it is well ahead of the 63 percent five-year average,” he said. Soybeans are also ahead of the five-year average at 84 percent harvested. Conditions have been dry lately, so farmers are not worried about the corn having too much moisture. The hot, dry summer did cut down on corn yield, which is now projected at 159 bushels per acre.