Last week’s rainfall causes slight stall in local harvest

By Gary Scott on September 13, 2016 at 2:30pm

Harvest in West Central Illinois was slightly delayed by some rainfall last week.

The local district saw 2.13 inches of precipitation, higher than the statewide average of 1.99 inches. As a result, the district also experienced the least amount of days suitable for fieldwork.

Ninety-four percent of corn acres in the West Southwest District are dented, 53-percent are in the mature stage, and three-percent are harvested. As for local soybeans, 46-percent are turning color and 14-percent are dropping leaves.

State crop statistician Mark Schleusener breaks down the statewide figures.

“Forty-two percent of corn acres are mature and 91-percent of acres have reached the dent stage. The condition of the corn crop is now rated three-percent very poor-to-poor, 12-percent fair and 85-percent good-to-excellent, nearly the same as one week ago. For soybeans, 50-percent of acres are now turning color. Fourteen percent are dropping leaves, compared to 26-percent last year and 18-percent normally. The condition of the crop is rated six percent very poor-to-poor, 15 fair and 79-percent good-to-excellent, the same as one week ago,” Schleusener says.

Topsoil moisture in the West Southwest District was three-percent short, 87-percent adequate and 10-percent surplus. Local subsoil moisture was three-percent short, 91-percent adequate and six-percent surplus.

Averages temperatures, both locally and throughout the state, were between four to five degrees above normal.