80% of beans setting pods


An area bean field is shown Monday / CIFN photo.

There were 4.6 days suitable for field work during the week ending August 15, according to the weekly crop progress report issued this week for Illinois.


Statewide, the average temperature was 76.9 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.70 inches, 0.80 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.


Subsoil moisture supply was rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.


Corn dough reached 80 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 76 percent. Corn dented reached 27 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 28 percent. Corn condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 29 percent excellent.


Soybeans blooming reached 96 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 95 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 80 percent, even with the 5-year average. Soybean condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair,42 percent good, and 29 percent excellent.

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