Illinois Crops Ahead Of Five-Year Average

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Illinois crops are well ahead of the five-year average according to the United States Department of Agriculture.  Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the five-year average of 48 percent.  With temperatures averaging in the 70’s and precipitation slightly above average, topsoil and subsoil moisture are rated at 83 and 80 percent adequate respectively.  Wheat harvest is 90 percent completed and corn condition is 81 percent good to excellent.  Soybean blooming is at 50 percent with the five-year average at 36 percent and soybean conditions are 76 percent good to excellent.