Rain Swamps Central Illinois; Soybeans Could Benefit

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State climatologist Jim Angel says typical rainfall across the central part of the state ranged from four to six inches between Friday and yesterday. Southern Illinois got about two to three inches, and northern Illinois got close to one inch.

But the rain won't have much impact on the corn crop because it has already matured in most areas of the state.

The Illinois Agriculture Statistics Service says that 60 percent of the corn crop was in good or excellent shape. The weekly progress report also showed 55 percent of the soybeans in good or excellent condition. Both were down from last week.