Harvest progresses thanks to weather


Soybeans are harvested in McLean County Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD - There were seven days suitable for field work during the week ending October 2, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report issued for Illinois this week.


Statewide, the average temperature was 55.3 degrees, 6.6 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.01 inches, 0.64 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent very short, 38 percent short, and 51 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 12 percent very short, 28 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.


Corn dented reached 85 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 96 percent. Corn mature reached 63 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 80 percent. Corn harvested for grain reached 13 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 29 percent. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.


Soybeans dropping leaves reached 80 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 75 percent. Soybeans harvested reached 10 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 26 percent. Soybean condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.


Winter wheat planted reached 4 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 14 percent.

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