IL corn harvest nears halfway point

October 2, 2018

 

There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 30, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued Monday.

 

Statewide, the average temperature was 61.0 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.95 inches, 0.24 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

 

Corn mature reached 96 percent, compared to 71 percent last year. Corn harvested was at 48 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 25 percent. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 31 percent excellent.

 

Soybeans coloring reached 96 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 91 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 87 percent, compared to 77 percent last year. Soybean harvest was 35 percent complete, compared to 27 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 26 percent excellent.

 

Sorghum coloring reached 96 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 93 percent. Sorghum mature reached 86 percent, compared to 82 percent last year. Sorghum harvested was at 33 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 23 percent. Sorghum condition was rated at 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Winter wheat planted was at 8 percent, compared to 8 percent last year.

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