Illinois Ag Summary

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Weather conditions were near normal last week with temperatures and

precipitation averaging 48.4 degrees and 1.03 inches. An average of 4.7 days

suitable for field work was reported. Despite the rain showers across the

state, harvesting continued to progress ahead of the five-year average. Corn

harvested now stands at 94 percent, compared to the five-year average of 78

percent.  Soybeans harvested are at 97 percent, compared to the five-year

average of 89 percent.  Many producers are also busy with fall tillage

activities, along with fertilizer and lime applications and seeding winter

wheat. Topsoil moisture is five percent very short, 28 percent short, 65 percent

adequate, and two percent surplus.  Sorghum harvested reached 75 percent, up

from 70 percent last week.  Winter wheat seeded is at 95 percent, up six points

from last week and six points ahead of the five-year average.  Wheat emerged

reached 78 percent, up from 64 percent last week.  Winter wheat conditions

are one percent poor, 23 percent fair, 68 percent good, and eight percent

excellent.