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Corn, soybeans ahead of season

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SPRINGFIELD — Corn silking reached 50 percent in Illinois Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 45 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Illinois Crop Progress and Condition Report.

Corn dough reached 1 percent, matching the five-year average.

The corn crop condition in Illinois was rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 45 percent good and 15 percent excellent.

Soybean bloom reached 48 percent as of Sunday in Illinois, ahead of the five-year average of 39 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 6 percent, compared to the five -year average of 11 percent.

The soybeans' condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.

Winter wheat harvested for grain in Illinois had reached 95 percent as of Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 91 percent.

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Eleven percent of Illinois' 2021 corn crop was out of the field as of Sunday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report.

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