The waterlogged fields are holding back the 2015 farming season in Illinois.
More than forty percent of the state's soil moisture is reported as excess – both topsoil and subsoil. The conditions are rated “good to excellent” for only 55 percent of the corn and 47 percent of the soybeans.
That's a problem.
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“I think that's kind of reflected in the crop conditions,” says Doug Hartwig, Heartland Region director for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. “When you've got half the crop that's rated good to excellent, there's a lot of crop that's not that great out there right now.”
Soybeans are 56 percent blooming, 10 points behind last year. Corn is 17 percent in the dough stage, in line with averages.