Corn harvest begins in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on August 25, 2015 at 12:28pm

The latest USDA crop report shows Illinois farmers have started the corn harvest on a limited basis.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener recaps the updated corn and soybean numbers for the state.

“Ninety-one percent of corn acres have reached the dough stage and 55 percent of corn is denting. Both numbers are slightly behind their five-year-averages. Three percent of corn acres are mature, compared to 11 percent for the five-year-average. The condition of the crop is unchanged from last week, with 15 percent of acres rated very poor to poor, 29 percent fair and 56 percent at good to excellent,” says Schleusener.

“The soybean crop is 96 percent blooming, compared to 98 percent normally. Eighty-eight percent of acres are setting pods, compared to 91 percent for the five year average. The soybean crops condition improved slightly, and is now 18 percent very poor to poor, 30 percent fair and 52 percent good to excellent.”

Ninety-six percent of local corn is in the dough stage, 73 percent is dented and four percent is mature.

As for local soybeans, 97 percent of the crop is blooming and 87 percent is setting pods.

The local district’s topsoil was 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. The subsoil for the week was 13 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus.

The temperature in Illinois was slightly down from average last week. The local district reported an average temperature of around 71 degrees. Precipitation was up for the week in Illinois. The local district received nearly an inch-and-a-half of rainfall, similar to the state average.