Corn harvest shows rapid progress in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on October 14, 2015 at 12:27pm

Rapid progress was made this week in harvesting crops and preparing fields for next year after warm and dry conditions continued in Illinois.

The average temperature for the West Southwest District was 62.1 degrees for the week, a five percent increase from normal. Precipitation was down across the state this past week. The local district registered a total of 0.04 inches, more than half an inch lower than normal.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener has the latest details on the corn and soybean crops.

“Corn harvest advanced by 21 points and is now 71 percent complete. That is compared to 33 percent a year ago and 59 percent for the five year average. Soybeans are also 71 percent harvested, up 22 points from last week. That compares to 27 percent last year and 53 percent normally,” says Schleusener.

According to reports, local corn is 86 percent harvested. Local soybeans are dropping leaves at 96 percent and 82 percent of the crop has been harvested.

Topsoil for the week was 39 percent short, 45 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 43 percent short, 49 percent adequate and one percent surplus.