- A rainy weekend showered central Illinois with two or more inches of badly needed moisture and pumped new life into what had been a sagging Illinois corn crop.
- A week ago, many of the state's corn farmers were worried. A dry six weeks had left their plants weak.
- The U-S Department of Agriculture now estimates that 69 percent of the state's corn crop is in good or excellent shape, up from 56 percent last week.
- The National Weather Service says rainfall between this weekend ranged from 3-point-1 inches in Springfield and 2-point-43 inches in Bloomington to 1-point-52 inches in Danville.
- Illinois farmers planted a record 12-point-9 (m) million acres of corn this year to feed demand created by the increased production of the fuel additive ethanol
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