The weather was pretty decent for Illinois' farming activities that remain this time of year, according to the USDA crop report.
"The average rainfall was only about one-third of an inch, which was about half an inch below normal,” says Mark Schleusener, USDA state statistician for Illinois. “Temperatrues ranged from two degrees to five degrees above normal.”
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Winter wheat is about 90 percent emerged and rated 61 percent in good to excellent condition. The sorghum harvest is 96 percent complete.
As for downstate rain expected, “I see a good, general soaking,” says Schleusener. “It will recharge soil moisture. It will help the wheat crop.”