By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois crops are trying to catch up to the averages.
Corn is twelve percent dented. Two thirds of soybeans are setting pods. As for the conditions, “good to excellent” applies to 42 percent of corn and forty percent of soybeans.
“Some did get planted in April, but a small percentage,” says crop statistician Mark Schleusener of the USDA. “Typically, for the early planted crop, that gets harvested shortly after Labor Day.”
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