The corn crop in Illinois grew rapidly last week. On average, corn grew by 16 inches last week for an average height of 48 inches. Soybeans are rated 61 percent good, 12 percent excellent. State Ag Statistician Mark Schleusener says last week was also a good time to get into the field with over five days suitable for field work.
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Corn now averages 48 inches in height. It’s rated 51 percent good, 17 percent excellent. Soybeans are 61 percent good, 12 percent excellent.
As for soil moisture, Schleusener says Illinois is in good shape, but some places have a surplus, making conditions too wet.
Corn has been showing rapid growth in the past week as average height increased by 16 inches, up to 48 inches this week. Warm temperatures and ample rain caused significant crop development over the Northern and Central parts of the state as well as allowing farmers to complete the wheat harvest. Meanwhile excess rain slowed wheat harvest in the South. Precipitation averaged 0.84 inches throughout the state, 0.06 inches below normal.
Temperatures across the state averaged 70.4 degrees for the week, 4.6 degrees below normal. There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 8 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.
Corn conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybeans emerged progressed to 97 percent with soybean conditions rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Pasture conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Activities included spraying herbicides, cutting hay, mowing pastures, and double cropping soybeans.