Illinois Weather and crop

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The weekly Illinois Weather and Crops report from the Illinois Department of Agriculture was released Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.

Agricultural Summary

Rains fell heaviest across the northern half of the state last week and

slowed soybean harvest but statewide corn harvest continued with little interruption. The unseasonably warm weather and breezy conditions helped dry fields out quickly after the rain showers moved through. Temperatures across the state were 7 to 9 degrees above normal for the week and precipitation averaged .90 inches statewide, only slightly above normal. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Corn harvest made its greatest strides in central and northern Illinois last week with many reporting varied yields

and low moisture levels. The most disappointing corn yields were being found on corn following corn fields. Farmers also reported that their better corn yields were coming off fields with lighter soils. Soybean harvest progressed greatest last week in central to southern Illinois and yields were being found as a pleasant surprise. Fall tillage and fertilizer spreading are getting started as well as wheat seeding in southern Illinois. There is concern with availability of wheat seed for this year’s crop. Topsoil moisture was rated at 6 percent very short, 21 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Crop conditions, as of Sept. 26, are:

Corn is 43 percent good; 29 percent fair; 13 percent poor; 10 percent excellent and five percent very poor.

Soybeans are 49 percent good; 27 percent fair; 13 percent excellent; eight percent poor and three percent very poor.

Pasture is 42 percent good; 36 percent fair; 10 percent poor; seven percent very poor and five percent excellent.

The topsoil moisture content for the Northwest division of the state where Mercer County was is considered 80 percent adequate; 11 percent short; eight percent surplus and one percent very short. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork from Sept. 20-26.

In the Northwest District, as of Sept. 26, 96 percent of the corn was mature and 33 percent was harvested.  of the soybeans in the district 97 percent had turned yellow; 92 percent was shedding leaves and 11 percent had been harvested.