It's getting dry enough to be in the fields. Because of the moisture still in the soil, the USDA's state statistician for Illinois says only the second half of the week was “suitable for fieldwork.”

“Topsoil moisture is now rated 64 percent adequate and 36 percent surplus,” says Mark Schleusener of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.  “Corn planting: 96 percent complete. The average height of corn planted around the state is 10 inches. That compares to 28 inches (at this time) last year and 15 inches for the five-year average. The condition of the crop is rated as 29 percent fair and 58 percent in the good and excellent categories.”

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Soybeans are 62 percent planted and 43 percent emerged.

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