(OLNEY/NEWTON) In this week’s USDA Crop Report. There were 5.9 days on average suitable for field work last week in Illinois. The statewide average temperature last week was 73.9 degrees while the average precipitation around the state last week was at 1.11 inches, just over a quarter inch (0.28) above normal. As of this past Sunday, 81% of the state’s corn crop was in the dough stage with 21% now denting. Meanwhile 95% of the state’s soybean fields were blooming with 84% now setting pods. With both the statewide corn and soybean crop conditions either at or near 80% good to excellent, the development of both crops are far ahead of a year ago and the five-year averages : farmers in our ten county area say the rains over the past 24 hours should put the finishing touches on the local corn and soybeans with an early harvest expected. Everyone is still reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the work rolls along on our local farms.