Illinois Weather and crops
The USDA released its weekly Illinois Weather and Crops report Sept. 20
Dry conditions for most of the week allowed harvest to progress nicely, before some weekend precipitation slowed harvest activities. Temperatures were slightly above normal for the week, except for the two northern districts. Statewide precipitation averaged .63 inches, .26 inches below normal. As a result, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
The corn crop has reached 90 percent mature compared to the five-year average of 55 percent. An estimated 38 percent of the corn crop has been harvested compared to 12 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans turning yellow reached 87 percent with 65 percent of the crop shedding leaves. Ten percent of the soybean crop has been harvested compared to five percent for the five year average. The seeding of the winter wheat crop is just getting started, with three percent completed. Topsoil moisture was rated at six percent very
short, 25 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and six percent surplus.
In the Northwest District where Mercer County is 84 percent of corn has matures and 16 percent has been harvested. Of the soybean crop 94 percent has turned yellow with 78 percent shedding leaves. Four percent of soybeans have been harvested in the District.
In the Northwest District 5.7 days were suitable for fieldwork from Sept. 13-19. Topsoil moisture content was considered 81 percent adequate, 16 percent short; two percent very short and one percent surplus on Sept. 19.