Harvest nearly over in West Central Illinois

By Gary Scott on November 8, 2016 at 1:10pm

Harvest is quickly approaching an end throughout the state.

The average temperature in the West Southwest District last week was 60.3 degrees, which is 11.2 degrees above normal.

Topsoil moisture in the local district was 17-percent short, 68-percent adequate and 15-percent surplus. Local subsoil moisture was 18-percent short, 76-percent adequate and six percent surplus.

USDA Crop statistician Mark Schleusener looks at statewide corn and soybean numbers.

“Corn harvest advanced three points and is now 94-percent complete. compared to 99-percent one year ago and 92-percent for the five-year average.  Soybean harvest is now 95-percent complete, up six points from one week ago and right on the five-year average. Wheat planting is now 93-percent complete. Seventy-eight percent of wheat acres have emerged. The condition of the 2017 wheat crop shows a small decline from one week ago and now three percent of acres are rated in very poor condition, one percent poor, 27 fair, 56 good and 13-percent of acres are in excellent condition,” says Schleusener.

In the West Southwest District, 99-percent of corn acres are harvest and 98-percent of soybean acres are harvested.

The local district received 0.93 inches of precipitation last week, while the statewide average came in at 0.63 inches.

The West Southwest District saw 4.5 days suitable for field work, compared to the state average of 5.1.

With the end of harvest right around the corner, many producers are turning to fall tillage and waiting for the ground to cool for NH3 applications.