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Rain Is A Bittersweet Victory For Illinois Farmers

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Corn farmer Mike Campbell of Edwardsville shows how high it should be in August

Corn farmer Mike Campbell of Edwardsville shows how high it should be in August

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CARBONDALE, IL (IRN) - Rain last week slowed the Illinois corn harvest.

The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain. But USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says farmers won’t complain about the rain.

“A good amount of wheat acres, that is next year’s wheat acres, seed has been planted recently, [and it] is in very dry soil, and this rain will help that germinate and get up to a good stand. So for those growers with wheat, I think they looked at that rain and were very happy with it,” he said.

Forty-six percent of the wheat is planted and 11 percent has emerged.

The corn harvest progress compares to 60 percent at this time last year and 53 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans advanced from 47 to 69 percent harvested. The harvest was 66 percent at this time last year, and the five-year average is 60 percent.

The rain is helping replenish moisture too. The percentage of topsoil with moisture rated short or very short is down to 35 percent.

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