For the first time in a long time, Illinois farmers saw above-average rain. The statewide average for the past week is about one-point-one inches.  “We’re above normal this last week for rain statewide,” said Brad Schwab, chief crop statistician in Illinois for the USDA. “Needless to say, the rains … are certainly going to help out the soybean crop and add some yield to it.”
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The rain on cornfields will just sit, Schwab said.  The weekly crop report shows 80 percent of Illinois corn in the dent stage with the harvest underway. 73 percent is in poor or very poor condition. As for soybeans, 94 percent are setting pods, and seven percent are turning yellow. 51 percent of the soybean crop is in poor to very poor condition
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