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Recent Rains Helped Boost Area Crop Conditions

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The recent rainfall has impacted many crops in Iowa and Illinois in a good way. The old adage is "knee high by the 4th of July," but local farmers have higher expectations than that these days.

"I like to see shoulder or head high by the fourth of July. Makes me feel a lot more comfortable," said Andy Dekeyrel, a farmer near Milan, Illinois.

Andy Dekeyrel's corn is on the right track despite area farmers getting a late start on planting this year thanks to the cold Spring.

"Never did get any heat to get the crops going once they did get in the ground so it was slow going there." The recent rain and heat really has things picking up. Some corn has shot up a good foot in the last two weeks said Dekeyrel.

96 percent of Illinois corn crops are in fair, good or excellent condition. It's the same amount for soybeans. In Iowa, 95 percent of the corn crop and 98 percent of soybeans are fair or better.

"If we have a good crop our market prices will go down. Hopefully that will be beneficial to people buying stuff in stores," added Dekeyrel.

His operation is about where it was this time last year but the corn especially has good potential. However, it's hard to tell what it will look like a couple of weeks from now. It's a constant balancing act. Dekeyrel says about inch of rain each week is good. But on the flip side some could go for a short dry spout, especially those with hay fields that are several weeks past due getting cut. Farmers with the hay fields need a good 4 or 5 dry days to cut and bail their crop.

"I'm glad to have the rain because we did need it but it'd be nice to have it shut off for a little while."

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