We’re entering the home stretch for the 2013 crop harvest in West Central Illinois.
Corn in the West Southwest District of the USDA is 90 percent harvested, while soybeans are 98 percent finished. Those numbers are both close to the state numbers and both well above the five-year averages.
Crop statistician Mark Schleusener talks about what’s left.
“There are certainly plenty of fields out there, but I bet there are the smaller ones, probably the later-planted ones. A lot of what’s out there could easily be the double-crop soybeans,” he says. “We don’t quantify that at this point in time, but double-crop soybeans are typically harvested later.”
Farmers got in 4.3 days of fieldwork in the local district. The USDA’s weekly crop report indicates activities last week included fall tillage, as well as fertilizer and anhydrous application, while some farmers turned their attention to cleaning and putting equipment away.
Topsoil in the local district is listed as 49 percent short and 41 percent adequate. The state average is 71 percent adequate. Subsoil, meanwhile, is 64 percent adequate locally and 36 percent short or very short. The state average is 47 percent adequate, 38 percent short and 15 percent surplus.
Schleusener says the freezing weather West Central Illinois has been experiencing will not harm winter wheat.
“At this point in time, I don’t think there’s any trouble,” says Schleusener. “Winter wheat at this stage of growth is quite hardy and will not have any real problems.”
Winter wheat is 98 percent planted and 77 percent emerged in Illinois. The temperature last week averaged 46.3 degrees in the local district, with two-thirds of an inch of precipitation measured.
Above image: Corn still stands in a field across Old State Road from WLDS-WEAI.