Illinois Corn and Soybeans Making Good Progress

Illinois Corn and Soybeans Making Good Progress

New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Illinois corn and soybean crops are continuing to make good progress.  Figures for the week ending July 8th show 81-percent of the Illinois corn crop is rated either good or excellent.  (Specifically 32-percent of the corn was rated excellent and 49-percent good.)

Seventy-two percent of the Illinois soybeans are rated good or excellent.  (Specific numbers rated 25-percent of the soybeans as excellent and 47-percent good.)

Statewide the average temperature was 76.7 degrees last week, which is 1.2 degrees above normal.  Eighty-percent of the topsoil moisture is rated adequate, and 8-percent has surplus moisture.  Only 2-percent of Illinois’s farmland is very short of moisture, with another 14-percent rated short and needing some rain.

And statewide there were 5 suitable days for fieldwork last week.

 

[These photos of corn and soybean fields were taken July 10, 2018 near Bismarck in Vermilion County.]