Wet conditions are still hobbling Illinois farmers. The state got another 1.6 inches of rain last week, leaving the conditions this way regarding topsoil moisture on farm fields: 53 percent adequate, 47 percent surplus. That’s statewide. “And around the state, there is actually in the western part, we’re showing 86 percent surplus. That’s too much, and honestly 47 percent surplus for the state is too much too. It’s perhaps manageable, but it’s not a good number,” said USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener.
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The USDA weekly crop progress report finds 89 percent of corn planted – right in line with the five-year average – and soybeans at 40 percent planted, up from 19 percent one week ago. The soybean planting is still behind last year at this time, when 92 percent were planted, and the five-year average of 53 percent.