Cooler temperatures and showers across much of the state last week were a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far.
The Illinois Ag Statistics Service says topsoil moisture improved slightly from last week with 62 percent very short,
29 percent short and 9 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture also improved slightly to 75 percent very short, 22 percent short and 3 percent adequate.
Corn in the dent stage jumped up to 80 percent statewide, compared to 46 percent last year and the 5-year average of 39 percent. Twenty-five percent of the crop is now mature, compared to 2 percent at this time last year.
Corn conditions were rated at 42 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 22 percent fair and 5 percent good.
Soybeans setting pods has reached 94 percent, compared to 86 percent last year and the 5-year average of 83
percent. Soybeans turning yellow reached 7 percent.
Soybean conditions improved to 26 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 13 percent good and one percent excellent.
The sorghum crop is 93 percent headed, 53 percent coloring, and 5 percent mature.
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