Illinois crops continue to look good


Illinois crops continue to look good

Crops in Illinois continue to look good as August begins.

USDA reporters say the state‚Äôs corn is rated 59% good and 17% excellent, with 96% of corn silking, 43% in the dough stage, and 1% already dented.  Seventy-six percent of the soybeans are either good or excellent, with 52% of the beans setting pods.

Illinois farmers are continuing to make hay, with 26% of third crop hay finished, and more than 90% of second crop now stored.  Pastures are rated 44% fair, 29% good, and only 8% excellent.

There are a few dry areas in Illinois, but statewide, topsoil moisture  is 68% adequate and 22% surplus.