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ILLINOIS CROPS ENJOYED A LITTLE RAIN AND A BREAK FROM THE HEAT THIS PAST WEEK.

CHIEF STATE CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SCHWAB SAYS 97 PERCENT OF CORN IS NOW IN THE DOUGH STAGE…AND 80 PERCENT IS IN THE DENT STAGE.

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94 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE SETTING PODS AND SEVEN PERCENT ARE TURNING YELLOW. SCHWAB NOTES JUST 14 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION.

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THANKS TO RAIN IN MANY AREAS…AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IMPROVED SLIGHTLY…AND NOW STANDS AT NINE PERCENT ADEQUATE…29 PERCENT SHORT AND 62 PERCENT VERY SHORT.

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