Harvest creeps along in Illinois
Rain over the past week slowed down some field activities in the weekly crop progress and weather report for Illinois issued Monday afternoon.
Statewide, the average temperature was 74.7 degrees, 4.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.99 inches, 1.3 inches above normal. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 11.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.
Corn dented was 91 percent, compared to 93 percent last year. Corn mature increased to 42 percent, compared to 45 percent for the 5-year average. Corn harvest was 3 percent complete, compared to 7 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 26 percent excellent.
Soybeans coloring jumped to 50 percent, compared to 49 percent for the 5-year average. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 14 percent, compared to 26 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 21 percent excellent.
Pasture and range condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 25 percent excellent.