Harvest nearing completion for Illinois crops

By Ryne Turke on October 20, 2015 at 12:04pm

Harvest is nearing completion for the majority of crops in Illinois.

The local district didn’t receive any precipitation for the week and the state averaged less than a tenth of an inch. The average rainfall for the week is 0.65 inches lower than normal.

Temperatures decreased slightly for the week in Illinois, coming to an average of 53 degrees. The normal temperature for the week is more than two degrees cooler.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener recaps the latest numbers for Illinois corn and soybeans.

“Corn harvest advanced by 14 points and is now 85 percent complete. That is compared to 42 percent complete at this time last year and 68 percent for the five year average. The soybean harvest also reached 85 percent complete, up 14 points from last week.”

Reports from the USDA show that 94 percent of local corn is harvested, 99 percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves and 92 percent of soybeans are harvested.

Local topsoil was 45 percent short, 33 percent adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 44 percent short, 44 percent adequate and one percent surplus.