Illinois: Wet Conditions Delay Field Work, Improve Crop Conditions – US-DA
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2013.
Another wet week was in store for farmers due to excess rainfalls. The humidity increased as a result of temperatures rising. Farmers were unable to continue working in the field due to the rain. Corn and soybean growth, however, has improved and appears to be looking much better. The big concern this past week was all of the weeds that have rapidly grown and been spotted in soybean fields.
Precipitation averaged 1.88 inches throughout the state, 0.94 inches above normal. Temperatures across the state averaged 75.6 degrees for the week, 1.3 degree above normal. There were 3.20 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 1 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus. Average corn height reached 32 inches.
Corn conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybeans emerged progressed to 93 percent. Soybean conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. As harvest neared the halfway mark, winter wheat conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 31 percent excellent.
Pasture conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 31 percent excellent. Activities included spraying pesticides and herbicides, harvesting wheat, and cutting hay.
For those who spend a lot of effort trying to understand the grain markets and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the complexity of it all, you may want to sit down