Illinois crops could use more rain

Illinois crops could use more rain

A hot and mostly dry week has Illinois crops maturing quickly. USDA reporters say last week’s average temperature was almost 81 degrees, which was more than seven degrees warmer than usual. Less than half an inch of rain fell in most of Illinois during that same time period, but a few places in southwestern Illinois got more than one inch of rain last week.

As of Sunday, 85% of Illinois corn is in the dough stage, with 54% dented and 7% mature.

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