The 2013 Illinois harvest is almost complete. Corn is 93 percent harvested, up from 83 percent a week ago, and soybeans are 97 percent harvested, up from 92 percent, according to the weekly USDA crop progress report. Crop statistician Mark Schleusener says what’s left is probably small corn fields or areas that farmers allowed to dry in the field, and some soybeans.
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“A lot of what’s out there could easily be the double-crop soybeans. We don’t quantify that at this point in time, but double-crop soybeans typically are harvested later,” he said. Rain over the last week was below average, but Schleusener says farmers will take that now with their equipment in the fields, and hope for steady rain or snow in the winter to restore soil moisture. Winter wheat is 98 percent planted and 77 percent emerged.