There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 23, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued for Illinois Monday afternoon.
Statewide, the average temperature was 72.3 degrees, 9.0 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.45 inches, 0.39 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.
Corn mature reached 85 percent. Corn harvested was at 28 percent. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Soybeans coloring reached 93 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 81 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 75 percent, compared to 53 percent last year. Soybean harvest was 17 percent complete. Soybean condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 31 percent excellent.
Sorghum coloring reached 94 percent, compared to 93 percent last year. Sorghum mature reached 75 percent, compared to 71 percent last year. Sorghum harvested reached 14 percent, compared to 13 percent last year. Sorghum condition was rated at 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.