Corn harvest begins in Central Illinois

By Ryne Turke on September 1, 2015 at 12:12pm

West Central Illinois experienced dry conditions and moderate temperatures this past week, according to the latest USDA crop report.

Reports show the average temperature for the week in Illinois was just over 66 degrees.  The local district reported an average temperature of 67 degrees, which was nearly seven degrees below normal.

The West Southwest District received just 0.05 inches of precipitation for the week, more than half an inch less than normal. The state averaged 0.23 inches of rainfall.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener reviews the latest numbers for the corn and soybean crops.

“Twenty one percent of corn acres are mature, compared to four percent last year and 23 percent for the five year average. Corn harvest is one percent complete, compared to three percent normally at this time. The condition of the crop is virtually unchanged since last week at 15 percent very poor to poor, 30 percent fair and 55 percent good to excellent,” says Schleusener.

“Eleven percent of acres are now turning color, compared to 12 percent last year and 17 percent normally. The condition of the soybean crop is nearly unchanged since last week, at 17 percent very poor to poor, 30 percent fair and 53 percent good to excellent.”

In the West Southwest District, 97 percent of corn is in the dough stage, 85 percent is dented and 33 percent is mature.  The local district is leading the state with three percent of corn harvested.

As for soybeans, 98 percent of the local crop is setting pods and four percent is turning color.

Local topsoil was 20 percent short, 76 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 22 percent short, 76 percent adequate and one percent surplus.