The soybean harvest is nearing completion in Illinois, while high-moisture content continues to slow the corn harvest, according to a report today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The soybean harvest is nearing completion in Illinois, while high-moisture content continues to slow the corn harvest, according to a report today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


About 90 percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, up from 76 percent last week and compared to a five-year average of 94 percent. Only about 66 percent of the corn is in compared to 46 percent a week ago and a five-year average of 92 percent.


“High moisture conditions in the corn crop have slowed the progression of harvest. Many elevators are shutting down early in the day in order to have sufficient drying time,” the report stated.


Many farmers, including in central Illinois, were forced to replant corn and soybean crops by spring and early summer flooding, resulting in later harvest.


Tim Landis can be reached at (217) 788-1536 or tim.landis@sj-r.com.