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7/31/2017 2:41:00 PM
Despite rains, hot and dry conditions still plague crops
Corn and soybeans here and across the state continue to struggle with hot, dry conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the condition of the Illinois corn crop was rated at 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 49 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

Soybeans were rated 4 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 46 percent good and 13 percent excellent.

Corn silking jumped to 83 percent, compared to 85 percent for the five-year average. Beans blooming reached 77 percent, compared with 74 percent last year. Beans setting pods was at 33 percent, compared to 30 percent last year.

Pasture and range condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 43 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Above average temperatures prevailed last week. Statewide, the average temperature was 79.3 degrees, 2.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.80 inches, .82 inches above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 12 percent very short, 21 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 7 percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

All of Crawford, Lawrence and Jasper counties are now considered "abnormally dry" the U.S. Drought Monitor. The western half of Clark County and all but the southwest corner of Richland County and the southern tip of Wabash County are also abnormally dry. Only 2.39 inches of rain have fallen here since July 1.

There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week.

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