Corn is progressing more quickly than in recent years, according to the latest Illinois crop report. 33 percent of the corn crop is in the dough stage, that compares to 6 percent at this time last year and 14 percent for the 5 year average. 82 percent of corn is rated in good to excellent condition, which is an uptick from the previous week. Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 88 percent of soybeans are blooming.
Average statewide topsoil moisture improved to 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.