Illinois: Harvest Progresses Through Scattered Showers – US-DA
Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 22, 2013.
Near average temperatures and precipitation last week allowed many producers to continue harvesting corn and allowed some producers to start harvesting soybeans and sorghum. Temperatures averaged 65.3 degrees for the week, 1.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation across the state averaged 0.84 inches, 0.01 inches below normal. Spotty showers were reported across most of the state with all districts averaging at least 0.5 inches of rain. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 22 percent very short, 44 percent short, and 34 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated at 23 percent very short, 46 percent short, and 31 percent adequate.
Corn in the dent stage reached 94 percent. Forty-seven percent of the corn crop was mature, compared to 94 percent last year and the 5-year average of 62 percent. Corn harvest has reached 5 percent complete, compared to 51 percent last year and the 5-year average of 24 percent. Corn condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
Soybeans turning yellow reached 72 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 37 percent, compared to 63 percent last year and the 5-year average of 47 percent. One percent of the soybean crop has been harvested. Soybean condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Pasture conditions improved slightly and were rated at 10 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
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