Illinois crops are in pretty good shape as July nears a close. Corn is 64 percent silked, and soybeans are 50 percent blooming. Soil moisture is reported adequate in about two-thirds of the state and surplus in only 9 percent.
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“As long as we get some timely rain, the crops should advance to be a pretty decent crop this year,” said Doug Hartwig, regional director for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.