The wet weather isn't all bad for Illinois farmers. “For those people whose crops were (already) in the ground, that were not in low-lying areas that got flooded or covered, they might be doing very, very well,” says Mark Schleusener, the state statistician for the USDA's crop statistics service in Illinois. “For those areas where they got plenty of soil moisture and the crop is big enough to take full advantage of it, (the crops are) just growin' and growin'.”
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The numbers seem to be catching up with the norms. As of the week just past, Schleusener says 91 percent of the state's corn crop is planted, 81 percent has emerged, and 59 percent is in good or excellent condition. For soybeans, 49 percent has been planted and 32 percent has emerged.