SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' corn harvest is hitting the final 20 percent, while Iowa's soybean harvest is lagging more than it has since 1985.
Rainy weather has left more than two-thirds of Iowa's corn still in the field, according to Monday's USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report.
As of Sunday, 82 percent of Illinois' corn had been harvested for this season, compared to a five-year average of 60 percent last year and 66 percent average over the past five years.
In Iowa, 29 percent of the corn crop had been harvested, compared to 22 percent at this time last year and 38 percent for the five-year average.
Illinois farmers also had harvested 74 percent of this year's soybeans as of Sunday, compared to 75 percent last year and the five-year average of 70 percent.
In Iowa, the soybean harvest was 37 percent completed as of Sunday, compared to 57 percent last year and the five-year average of 71 percent. This is the smallest percentage of the soybean crop harvested by Oct. 21 since 1985.