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Cool temps in weekly report

Cooler temperatures were recorded across the state last week, according to the latest crop progress and weather report for Illinois.

There were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 15. Statewide, the average temperature was 61.8 degrees, 5.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 2.61 inches, 2.14 inches above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 12 percent very short, 19 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 11 percent very short, 30 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Corn mature was at 95 percent, compared to 100 percent last year. Corn harvest was 47 percent complete, compared to 64 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.

Soybeans dropping leaves was at 94 percent, compared to 96 percent last year. Soybean harvest was 63 percent complete, compared to 55 percent last year. Winter wheat planted was at 51 percent, compared to 40 percent last year.

Winter wheat emerged was at 13 percent, compared to 15 percent for the 5-year average. Pasture and range condition was rated 12 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

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