Farmers in the Land of Lincoln are starting to make significant progress on harvesting the state’s corn and soybean crops.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), 23% of Illinois corn acres have been harvested, along with 19% of soybean acres. Those totals are just about double the number of acres that were harvested at the same point in 2022.
The condition of the crops has improved significantly as well. While much of the state was suffering from moderate to severe drought as recently as June, late season rains helped the fields to rebound. According to the NASS data, 66% of Illinois corn and soybean acres are rated as good or excellent.