Illinois corn harvest begins


SPRINGFIELD – There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 13, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued Monday.

Statewide, the average temperature was 68.4 degrees, 1.1 degree below normal. Precipitation averaged 2.12 inches, 1.33 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent very short, 26 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 6 surplus.

Corn dented was 92 percent compared to the 5-year average of 87 percent. Corn mature was 37 percent compared to the 5-year average of 44 percent. Corn harvested for grain was 2 percent compared to the 5-year average of 5 percent. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.

Soybeans turning color was at 49 percent compared to the 5-year average of 55 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 17 percent compared to the 5-year average of 25 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.

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