Agricultural Summary for Mercer County
After the late harvest of one year ago, many producers may be anxious to
start corn harvest early this year. Reports were received that the high
temperatures last week provided the maturity push and drying down that some producers needed as they are in the last stages of preparing for that early harvest. The above average rainfall was very timely for some producers as it helped to fill soybean pods. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week across the state.
The corn crop has advanced to 73 percent dented compared to the average of 45 percent. Thirteen percent of the corn crop was mature. Soybeans have started to turn yellow, and are rated at 62 percent good to excellent condition. Topsoil moisture was rated at 9 percent very short, 20 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.
Temperatures statewide averaged 75.8 degrees, 2 degrees above the state average. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.01 inch, .3 inch above average, with the heavier rainfall concentrated in the southern districts. Farmers were busy last week mowing, baling hay, spraying fungicides and insecticides, and attending the Illinois State Fair.
Topsoil moisture in the Northwest District, where Mercer County is, reported moisture content as 86 percent adequate, 13 percent surplus and one percent short.
The Northwest District reported the corn 64 percent dented and only one percent of the corn was mature.
The average temperature in the Northwest District was 73.0 degrees a departure of 1.5 degrees.