Illinois Weekly Crop Report for August 3

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Published on August 6 2012 5:44 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Temperatures across the state remained above normal last week and for the first time in weeks, precipitation made its way above normal as well.

Statewide temperatures averaged 80.6 degrees, 6.7 degrees above normal.  Precipitation totaled 1.06 inches, 0.23 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 72 percent very short, 23 percent short and 5 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 81 percent very short, 18 percent short and one percent adequate.

The main activities for the week included spraying for spider mites, chopping silage, cutting hay on newly released CRP grounds, and harvesting corn in some areas.

Across the state, one percent of the corn crop has been reported as being harvested. Corn doughed was at 81 percent, compared to 51 percent last year and the 5-year average of 50 percent. Corn dented was at 38 percent, compared to 8 percent last year and the 5-year average of 11 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 42 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 22 percent fair and 4 percent good.

Soybeans blooming were at 97 percent, compared to 90 percent last year and the 5-year average of 85 percent. Eighty-two percent of the soybean crop is now setting pods, compared to 54 percent last year and the 5-year average of 52 percent.  Soybean conditions were rated at 28 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 9 percent good and one percent excellent.

In other crops around the state, 71 percent of the sorghum crop is now headed and 11 percent is coloring. Oats harvested increased to 97 percent while the third cutting of alfalfa increased to 74 percent. Pasture conditions were rated at 68 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 4 percent fair, and 1 percent good.