That harvest will be done eventually. But the USDA’s Mark Schleusener says a delay could be a problem. “I think there’s frustration; I have heard a few complaints,” says Schleusener, the state statistician for Illinois for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. “The longer the crops stay out in the field, the more potential that something could go wrong. Getting it out of the field – that’s how producers get paid. This last week was quite good; we could use three more like that.”
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The harvest is 59 percent done for corn, 63 percent for soybeans. The long-term averages are, respectively, 72 and 77 percent complete. Crop conditions are, respectively, 83 and 80 percent good or excellent.