SPRINGFIELD – A cold, wet week slowed most producers’ field work to light planting and anhydrous ammonia application in Illinois last week.
According to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued Monday afternoon, there were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 15. The average temperature was 47.3 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal.
Precipitation averaged 1.17 inches, 0.10 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.
Winter wheat headed reached 3 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.