Just two weeks ago, there was hope that the corn and soybean crops in Illinois had turned a corner, as noteworthy improvements in both had occurred. However, any positive momentum is gone, as the condition of the corn and soybean crops in the Land of Lincoln has worsened significantly for a second straight week.
According to the USDA's weekly crop status report, only 38% of Illinois' corn crop is currently in good or excellent condition. That's a sharp drop from 46% last week and 49% two weeks ago. Nationally, 55% of the corn crop is considered to be good or excellent, slightly down from 58% last week.
As for soybeans, there's been another setback there as well. Presently, 41% of the soybean crop in the Land of Lincoln is reported to be in excellent or good shape, down from 46% last week and 50% two weeks ago. Compared to the national average, there's plenty of work to be done. 55% of the U.S. soybean crop is said to be excellent or good, unchanged from last week.
Perhaps more unsettling is the amount of the Illinois corn and soybean crops said to be in poor or very poor condition. Those percentages have risen in the past two weeks, from 17% to 21% of the corn crop, and from 15% to 19% regarding soybeans.
While the news is not great in Illinois, it remains undeniably outstanding in Wisconsin! There, 67% of the corn crop is reported to be in excellent or good condition. That's up from 61% over the past two weeks, and well ahead of the national average. 70% of Wisconsin's soybean crop is also excellent or good, a whopping 15% ahead of the national average of 55%!