Weekly State Crop Report for July 3
Published on July 5 2012 6:38 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
Last week was yet another hot and dry one for Illinois.
Statewide temperatures averaged 78.2 degrees, 3.9 above normal and rainfall increased slightly to 0.28 inches, but still was 0.62 inches below the historic average. Topsoil moisture is still a major concern for the entire state. It is currently rated at 52 percent very short, 37 percent short and only 11 percent adequate.
Corn conditions were rated at 12 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Corn silked has reached 46 percent, compared to 6 percent last year and 15 percent as the five year average.
The soybean crop has withstood the conditions slightly better than the corn crop with 11 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Twenty-five percent of the soybean crop is now blooming, 16 points ahead of the five year
average at 9 percent.
Wheat harvest is nearly completed, having reached 96 percent, compared to 66 percent last year and the five year average of 63 percent.
In other crops around the state, 26 percent of the oat crop is now ripe, and the second cutting of alfalfa is at 88 percent and 11 percent of the sorghum crop has headed.