SPRINGFIELD — Early assessments of this year’s corn crop in Illinois are fairly positive.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report, 11 percent of the state’s corn crop is deemed excellent with 48 percent termed good, 32 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor.

Soybean planting was nearly done in Illinois as of Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 92 percent by this time and last year’s 76 percent mark due to spring floods.

Soybeans blooming had reached 2 percent as of Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 4 percent. Soybeans condition was rated at 8 percent ppor or very poor, 32 percent fair, 51 percent good and 9 percent excellent.

State officials also reported 26 percent of Illinois’ winter wheat has been harvested, compared to 12 percent last year and the five-year average of 37 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 14 percent poor or very poor, 21 percent fair, 54 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

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