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IT WAS ANOTHER HOT, DRY WEEK FOR ILLINOIS CROPS.

CHIEF STATE CROP STATISTICIAN BRAD SCHWAB SAYS THE HEAT IS TAKING A TOLL ON BOTH LIVESTOCK AND CROPS. 57 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION…DOWN FROM LAST WEEK. AS FOR CORN:

[audio:crop.mp3]A Word From Schwab[/audio]

TOPSOIL MOISTURE FELL FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK…TO AN AVERAGE OF THREE PERCENT SURPLUS…42 PERCENT ADEQUATE…37 PERCENT SHORT AND 18 PERCENT VERY SHORT.

AS FOR OTHER CROPS…91 PERCENT OF OATS HAVE NOW BEEN HARVESTED AND THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 47 PERCENT COMPLETE.

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