(NEWTON/OLNEY) Much needed rain was reported throughout the state last week in yesterday’s USDA Crop Report. Illinois’ average precipitation last week averaged 1.20 inches, which was three tenths (0.30) of an inch above normal. Last week’s average statewide temperature was 76.3 degrees, 8.6 degrees above normal. As of Sunday, 81% of the state’s corn crop was rated as good to excellent while soybeans planted statewide is now at 94% complete compared to the 5-year average of 77%. The state’s winter wheat crop is still rated over 60% in good to excellent shape with at least 98% now headed out : farmers in our ten county area report much the same, with all the corn obviously planted and around 95% of the local soybeans in the ground. With dry weather expected all this week, many farmers will wrap up the bean planting, plus the wheat harvest is expected to kick in by the weekend as well. Farmers and their workers are still reminded to think “safety first” as the farm work continues in our Southeastern and South Central Illinois region.