Corn And Soybeans Running Behind

Corn And Soybeans Running Behind

New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Illinois’ corn and soybean crops are lagging behind the national average.   As of July 21st, only 4-percent of the Illinois corn crop was rated excellent, with 39-percent rated good, 39-percent fair, 14-percent poor and 4-percent very poor.

Illinois soybeans are also running behind the national average of 72-percent excellent or good.  In Illinois only 5-percent of the soybeans are rated excellent and 40-percent good.  Thirty-seven percent of the beans were rated fair, 13-percent poor, and 4-percent very poor.

Thirty-six percent of the Illinois corn is in the silk stage – which is a little better than the national average.  And 30-percent of the soybeans have bloomed with 2-percent setting pods.

Of course, a very wet spring delayed planting in Illinois.