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updated: 6/24/2014 6:04 AM

Wheat harvest gets rolling in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD -- As Illinois latest corn and soybean crops grow taller, the state's harvest of winter wheat is in full swing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports one-fifth of the state's winter wheat crop has been brought in from the fields. That is twice the rate of last year's harvest at this time, but off from the average pace of 31 percent over the previous five years.

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The USDA says 53 percent of Illinois' corn crop is rated as being in good condition, and another 25 percent is in excellent shape. More than half of the soybean crop is said to be in good shape, while an additional 18 percent is in excellent condition.

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