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State was dry & cool last week

(CIFN file photo)

Dry, cool weather prevailed across most of the state last week in the latest crop progress and weather report for Illinois.

There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 13. Statewide, the average temperature was 69.2 degrees, 4.5 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.40 inches, 0.43 inches below normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 7 percent very short, 35 percent short, and 58 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 5 percent very short, 32 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Corn dough was at 77 percent, compared to 76 percent last year. Corn dented was at 26 percent, compared to 30 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.

Soybeans blooming reached 97 percent, compared with 94 percent last year. Soybeans setting pods was at 83 percent, compared to 79 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Pasture and range condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.

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