USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois’ corn harvest continues creeping along, though recently favorable weather enabled growers to spend more time bringing in the crop.

The USDA said Monday in its weekly crop progress update that just 14 percent of the state’s corn crop has been harvested, 2 percentage points higher than a year ago but down from 20 percentage points over the previous half decade.

However, the recent lack of meaningful precipitation statewide combined with above-normal temperatures, made all of last week suitable for field work.

Corn that has reached maturity came in at 80 percent, up 5 percentage points from the norm.

About 83 percent of the crop has been rated good to excellent, while 78 percent of the soybean crop was considered in those two categories.