According to the latest crop report from the United States Department of Agriculture, Illinois Field Office in Springfield, corn conditions were rated as 46 percent good, 27 percent fair and 19 percent excellent. Only 7 percent of the corn crop was rated poor and 1 percent very poor. Corn average height reached 75 inches — 12 inches taller than the previous week.
Soybeans blooming progressed to 50 percent with soybean conductions rates as 59 percent good, 21 percent fair and 13 percent excellent. Beans were rated as 5 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.
The temperatures across the state averaged 80.7 degrees for the week, 3.9 degrees above normal. There were 6.3 days suitable for field work during the week of July 15, the report stated. Topsoil moisture across the state was rated as 2 percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.