Illinois weather and crops

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Farmers across much of Illinois were enjoying reasonable weather conditions last week according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Corn planting was virtually completed in some parts of the state and farmers are moving on to soybean planting. Temperatures averaged 59.0 degrees, 2.3 degrees above normal across the state. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.25 inches above normal, with 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn planting approached completion with 87 percent planted compared to five percent a year ago and 47 percent for the five year average. Corn emergence is at 39 percent compared to the five year average of 15 percent.

Soybeans are 11 percent planted compared to the five year average of four percent. Winter wheat is 12 percent headed.

Oats are 95 percent planted. Topsoil moisture was ranted two percent short, 64 percent adequate and 34 percent surplus. Feature condition is 15 percent poor to fair and 85 percent good to excellent.

In the northwest district of the state where Mercer and Rock Island counties re there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork from April 26-may 2. The state average was 2.9. In the western portion of the state just south of Mercer County there were only 1.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

The moisture content in this district 85 percent adequate, 11 percent surplus and only four percent short.

In the northwest district 84 percent of the corn in the district is planted. By May 2 20 percent had emerged. Twenty-two percent of the soybeans in the district have been planted.