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IT WAS A COOL, DRY WEEK FOR ILLINOIS CROPS.

STATE CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSNER SAYS 73 PERCENT OF CORN IS IN THE DENT STAGE AND 21 PERCENT IS MATURE.

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94 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE SETTING PODS AND 11 PERCENT ARE TURNING COLOR.

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TEMPERATURES WERE ABOUT SEVEN DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE LAST WEEK AND WITH RAINFALL AN INCH BELOW NORMAL…STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE DECLINED. IT'S NOW RATED AT THREE PERCENT VERY SHORT…24 PERCENT SHORT…67 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND SIX PERCENT SURPLUS.

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