Crop report shows limited planting in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on April 6, 2016 at 12:34pm

Fieldwork has been scarce according to the first weekly crop report of the season.

A wet, windy week across the state left around two days suitable for fieldwork says state crop statistician Mark Schleusener.

“Much of that time was devoted to applying fertilizer. There were scattered and limited reports of corn planting, but less than one percent of the state total has been planted,” says Schleusener.

The West Southwest District was just above the state average with 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil in the four county area was 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil was one percent short, 89 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.

Statewide, the average temperature was 48.6 degrees, 1.0 degrees above normal. The local district registered an average temperature of 49.6 degrees.

As for precipitation, the state averaged 1.12 inches of rainfall, which was just under the West Southwest’s reported 1.21 inches.