Crop conditions declined across Illinois and much of the Midwest last week, and the outlook for the next two weeks doesn't favor any improvement.
The latest 8-14 day outlook from the National Weather Service shows above-normal temperatures and dry conditions will prevail over Illinois and all of the Corn Belt. Analyst Dan Bosse of AgResource, Inc. says the forecasts do not bode well for corn yields. (listen to his comments above)
This afternoon's state crop reports showed declines in both corn and soybean ratings (good-excellent) in Illinois and neighboring states:
Illinois: 52% of corn, 47% of soybeans in good-excellent condition
Iowa: 67% of corn, 66% of soybeans in good-excellent condition
Indiana: 37% of corn, 32% of soybeans in good-excellent condition
Missouri: 40% of corn, 29% of soybeans in good-excellent condition
The Illinois Ag Statistics Service reports that 5% of corn is silking and 3% of soybeans are blooming, well ahead of normal.
Fifty percent of farmers report short soil moisture supplies on their farms and another 25% say soil moisture is very short.
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