Corn harvest showing progress in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on September 9, 2015 at 12:14pm

The corn harvest continues to ramp up for farmers in West Central Illinois.

The latest USDA crop report showed nearly a full week suitable for fieldwork, with temperatures up and precipitation down.

USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener recaps the latest corn and soybean numbers.

“Eighty-nine percent of corn acres have reached the dense stage or beyond. Forty-three percent of the crop is mature, compared to 37 percent of the crop normally. Two percent is harvested compared to six percent normally. The condition of the crop is unchanged at 15 percent very poor, 30 percent fair and 55 percent good to excellent,” says Schleusener.

“Thirty-nine percent of soybean acres are turning color. Twelve percent of acres are dropping leaves compared to six percent one year ago and 10 percent normally. The condition of the crop is virtually unchanged from last week with 17 percent very poor to poor, 30 percent fair and 53 percent good to excellent.”

The crop report shows 95 percent of local corn is dented, 64 percent is mature and five percent is harvested.

As for local soybeans, 99 percent of the crop is setting pods, 34 percent is turning color and eight percent is dropping leaves.

Topsoil in the West Southwest District was 44 percent short, 50 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 32 percent short, 64 percent adequate and one percent surplus.

The local district reported an average temperature of 80 degrees, up about eight degrees from normal.

Only 0.01 inches of rainfall fell in the West Southwest District last week, compared to the state overage of 0.16. Precipitation was down nearly half an inch from normal for the week.