Illinois: Corn Silking Ahead of Schedule, Soybeans In Good Condition – USDA
Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the 5-year average of 48 percent. Temperatures remained in the 70’s and precipitation was slightly above average for the state of Illinois. Activities included spraying fungicide and insecticide. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 13th. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.37 inches, 0.61 inches above normal. Average temperature was 73.9 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal.
Wheat harvest reached 90 percent complete, behind the 5-year average of 91 percent. Corn condition was rated at 81 percent good to excellent. Soybean blooming was at 50 percent, above the 5-year average of 36 percent. Soybean condition was rated at 76 percent good to excellent. Sorghum headed and oats headed reached 15 and 93 percent complete respectively. Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Topsoil moisture was rated at 6 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.
For More Information: Illinois Crop Weather
The ICE cotton contracts took it on the chin this week, with Dec giving up 199 points on the week. Harvest pressure continues to weaken the Dec – Mar spread