Monsanto is firing back at rocker Neil Young over his mini-documentary that criticizes the St. Louis company for suing a farmer over his use of the company’s Roundup Ready soybeans.
The conditions are rated “good to excellent” for only 55 percent of the corn and 47 percent of the soybeans.
Ill., farmer says,”This is the worst weather you could have for the wheat crop.”
State is nation’s largest producer of the crop, says Governor Quinn.
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.
Statewide, topsoil moisture is now 44 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus – not enough to help this year’s corn and soybeans, but good news for next year.
USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says the damage to the corn was done weeks ago, and even now soybeans probably won’t benefit from rain.
Steve Worthington, who oversees crop claims for Country Financial in Bloomington, predicts crop damage nationally this summer will top the $40 billion.
Brad Schwab, with the Illinois field office of the USDA says the results are, as you can expect, terrible.