The hot, dry weather expected this week should be no fun for Illinois farmers.
“We were really cool, which kind of helped a lot of that crop progress,” says Todd Ballard, deputy director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Illinois. “We were behind normal, and the producers were needing some heat to get them back in sync, but now we have no moisture, and that’s going to be our biggest concern at this point; trying to fill pods and finish out this corn crop.”
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The service’s weekly crop progress report for Illinois shows 29 percent of corn is in the dent stage, and 83 percent of soybeans are setting pods. Both are slightly behind the five-year averages. 59 percent of corn and 60 percent of soybeans are reported in good or excellent condition.