Crop report shows local corn harvest at 71 percent

By Ryne Turke on October 6, 2015 at 12:00pm

More dry weather allowed Illinois farmers to continue fall tillage, fertilizer application and harvesting this week.

Districts to the south of Illinois received the majority of the precipitation. The West Southwest District registered only a quarter of an inch, down almost half an inch from normal.

Temperatures dropped slightly for the week in Illinois. The local district registered an average temperature of 60 degrees, down two degrees from normal.

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

“Corn harvest advanced by 20 points and is now 50 percent complete. That compares to 22 percent a year ago and 47 percent for the five year average. The condition of the crop changed slightly from last week and is now 15 percent very poor to poor, 29 percent fair and 56 percent good to excellent,” says Schleusener.

“As for soybeans, “the condition of the crop improved from last week and is now 14 percent very poor to poor, 26 percent fair and 60 percent good to excellent.”

In the West Southwest District, 99 percent of corn is mature and 71 percent is harvested. As for local soybeans, 98 percent is turning color, 89 percent is dropping leaves and 59 percent is harvested.

Local topsoil was 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 40 percent short, 55 percent adequate and one percent surplus.