Illinois harvest; 21% corn, 10% soybeans complete

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Illinois harvest; 21% corn, 10% soybeans complete

Cooperative weather last week allowed Illinois farmers ample time for field work including corn and soybean harvest as well as winter wheat planting.

As of Sunday, the USDA says Illinois corn harvest is 21% complete, up 10 percentage points on the week and up three from the five-year average. 83% of the crop is mature and 73% is considered goo to excellent.

Soybean harvest reached 10% complete, up 11 points on the week and in line with average.  66% of the crop is dropping leaves with a good to excellent rating of 72%.

Winter wheat planting also kicked off last week with 2% complete so far, compared to 4% on average for the end of September.