Illinois Weekly Crop Report for September 10
Published on September 10 2012 3:53 pm
Last Updated on September 10 2012 3:53 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Most of Illinois received more rain again last week. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.32 inches, 0.69 inches above normal.
Along with the rain came cooler temperatures with statewide temperatures averaging 72.6
degrees, 2.3 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 16 percent very short, 31 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels improved slightly to 36 percent very short, 47 percent short, and 17 percent adequate.
Corn harvest continued to progress with 21 percent of the crop now being harvested. Corn harvest was 4 percent complete at this time last year and the 5-year average for this time period is 6 percent. There was little change in the corn condition, now rated at 41 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 20 percent fair, and 5 percent good.
Soybean harvest is beginning in many areas around the state but only 1 percent of the crop has been harvested so far. Sixty percent of the soybean crop is turning yellow, compared to 40 percent last year and the 5-year average of 42 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves jumped to 21 percent, compared to 10 percent last year and the 5-year average of 16 percent. Soybean conditions were rated at 20 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.
Pasture conditions continued to improve last week with 30 percent rated very poor, 29 percent
poor, 26 percent fair, 14 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.