Illinois corn and soybean conditions decline
Corn and soybean condition ratings fell in Illinois last week, with warmer and wetter than normal conditions reported across the state.
As of Sunday, the USDA says 74% of Illinois’ corn crop is rated good to excellent, 5% less than last week, with 80% at the dough making stage, compared to the five-year average of 76%, and 27% at the dough stage, compared to 28% on average.
71% of soybeans are called good to excellent, down 7% on the week, with 96% of the crop blooming, compared to 95% normally in late August, and 80% at the pod setting stage, matching the usual rate.
82% of the third cutting of alfalfa is complete, compared to 60% on average, and 69% of pastures are in good to excellent condition, 4% lower.
About three quarters of Illinois has adequate soil moisture.