Warm, dry weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report for Illinois issued Monday (Sept. 18).
There 6.8 were days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 17. Statewide, the average temperature was 68.4 degrees, 1.3 degrees above normal.
Precipitation averaged 0.07 inches, 0.78 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 31 percent very short, 44 percent short, and 25 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 25 percent very short, 45 percent short, and 30 percent adequate.
Corn dented was at 89 percent, compared to 94 percent for the 5-year average. Corn mature was at 39 percent, compared to 60 percent last year. Corn harvested was at 5 percent. Corn condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Soybeans coloring was at 70 percent, compared to 67 percent for the 5-year average. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 32 percent, compared to 29 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.
Pasture and range condition was rated 14 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 15 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.