Illinois farmers saw crop conditions deteriorate last week with continued warm and dry weather. USDA reporters say the state averaged just over three-tenths of an inch of rain last week, with topsoil moisture only 35% adequate with 43% short and 22% very short. Subsoil moisture levels were comparable.
Forty-two percent of corn in Illinois is mature, with 87% dented. Harvesting is 2% finished, which is equal to the five-year average. Just 10% of the corn crop is in excellent condition, while 48% is good, 26% is rated fair, and 10% is in poor condition.
Ninety-seven percent of the state’s soybeans are setting pods, which is slightly ahead of average. Twenty-seven percent of the beans are dropping leaves. Fourteen percent of the soybean crop is rated excellent, with 44% in good condition, 25% fair, and 11% poor.