Illinois Weather and Crops report

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Illinois Weather and Crops report

The USDA released its Illinois Weather and Crops report for the week Sept. 13.

Agricultural Summary

Cooler conditions continued over much of the state last week. With small amounts of precipitation across the state, many farmers were able to take full advantage of the favorable weather. Many producers are either harvesting or preparing for harvest. Other farming activities include fall tillage and planting winter wheat. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week. The corn crop has now reached 79 percent mature and harvest picked up steadily last week with 18 percent of the crop now harvested compared to seven percent last week. Soybeans turning yellow reached 73 percent with 42 percent shedding leaves. The sorghum harvest has also increased, now up to 15 percent. Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 23 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and seven percent surplus.

Temperatures statewide averaged 66.5 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal.

Precipitation averaged .88 inches, .18 inches above normal.

In the Northwest district where Mercer County is thee were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork from Sept. 6-12. The topsoil moisture percentage for the district was 70 percent adequate, 24 percent short, five percent very short and one percent surplus.

In the Northwest District 94 percent of the corn is considered dented, 70 percent mature and seven percent harvested. Of the soybean crop 80 percent is turning yellow, 54 percent was dropping leaves and one percent was harvested.

Statewide 18 percent of the corn has been harvested and three percent of the soybeans have been harvested. Leading the way has been the Southwest District of the state with 56 percent of its corn harvested.