Illinois corn and soybeans are close to the averages as the final days of July approach, according to the weekly USDA crop progress report.    “What we're starting to hear is (that) it's starting to get a little bit dry,” says state statistician Mark Schleusener. “Some areas are needing some rain. These cool temps kind of negated the impact of being too dry. You don't want to be too dry and too hot at the same time. We haven't had too much of that yet.”

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85 percent of the corn is silked, and 65 percent of the soybeans are blooming. Crops are rated in good to excellent condition for 64 percent of corn and 71 percent of soybeans.


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