Illinois soybeans still have a chance, though the weekend’s Isaac-driven rains were probably too late to save the corn crop for 2012. Mark Schleusener, deputy director of the Illinois field office for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, says three-quarters of the corn is in poor to very poor condition. Soybeans, on the other hand, look better.
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Schleusener says the rain is “going to help pod count, and also pod weight. Overall, the soybean condition did improve from last week.” 42 percent in fair condition, and 18 percent in good to excellent condition.