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Crops still looking good

An aerial view north of Weston in McLean County / CIFN file photo.

SPRINGFIELD - Warm temperatures and timely rains kept crops in good condition over the past week.

Statewide, the average temperature was 76.7 degrees, 2.0 degrees above normal in the weekly crop progress and weather report issued Monday afternoon. Precipitation averaged 1.14 inches, 0.30 inches above normal. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 31.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Corn silking reached 97 percent, compared to 93 percent last year. Corn dough was at 38 percent, compared to 42 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 26 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming was at 85 percent, compared to 79 percent last year. Soybeans setting pods jumped to 51 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 21 percent excellent.

Oats harvested reached 66 percent, up 15 percentage points from last week. Pasture and range condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

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