Wet, then dry. That's the story of Illinois' 2015 planting season.
“The state average rainfall last week: only 16/100 of an inch,” says statistician Mark Schleusener of the USDA in Illinois. “That's about one half-inch below normal.”
As for the progress of the crops, about two percent of the corn has been harvested, and the soybeans are well into turning color and have begun dropping leaves. The crop conditions are “good” or “excellent” for 53 percent of soybeans and 55 percent of corn.
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The state's average temperature last week was 79 degrees, almost eight degrees hotter than normal.