It has been too wet to make much progress on the corn and soybean harvest. Mark Schleusener, the USDA’s state statistician for Illinois, says 28 percent of the state reports excess moisture. The harvest is 43 percent complete for corn and 37 percent complete for soybeans. The numbers last year at this time were 49 percent and 65 percent, respectively. The five-year averages are 63 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
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“The sunshine we’ve got scheduled is going to help to dry out the soil,” Schleusener says. “A little bit of nice, gentle breezes will help, but we don’t want it to get real windy. That could actually knock down the crops or make the soybean pods shatter; we don’t want any of that.”