Weekly State Crop Report for June 10

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Published on June 13 2013 6:40 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Farmers in Illinois last week found small windows of time to plant corn and soybeans and a few had dry enough conditions to bale hay.

Isolated rain showers fell over the state this past week, heavier rains being in the Northwest, though nothing significant throughout most of the state. Some of those fields that have planted in previous weeks have found their corn to be emerging unevenly, so there will be some replanting. For the most part, everyone is hoping for even drier conditions over the next week to finish planting corn and soybeans.

Temperatures across the state averaged 64.6 degrees for the week, 4.6 degrees below normal. There were only 3.4 days suitable for field work last week.

Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 64 percent adequate and 36 percent surplus.

Corn planting was 96 percent complete, compared to the five-year average of 98 percent. Corn emerged progressed to 89 percent compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 92 percent.  Corn conditions were rated at 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Soybean planting was accelerated by weather conditions this week and progressed to 62 percent complete.

Winter wheat conditions were rated as 4 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Alfalfa conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.

Red Clover conditions were rated as 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were rated as 1 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 30 percent excellent.