Warm weather and limited rain assisted farmers in the early wheat harvest, according to the latest crop progress and weather report for Illinois issued Monday afternoon by USDA NASS.
There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 11. Statewide, the average temperature was 70.9 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.15 inches, 0.76 inches below normal.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 38 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.
Corn emerged was at 96 percent, compared with 97 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Soybean planting was 93 percent complete, compared with the 5-year average of 88 percent. Soybeans emerged was at 78 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.
Winter wheat harvest was 24 percent complete, compared to the 5-year average of 11 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 8 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.
Pasture and range condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.