Planting activity continues in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on June 14, 2016 at 12:48pm

Warm and dry weather led to plenty of planting activity for Illinois farmers this past week.

With six days suitable for fieldwork, crop statistician Mark Schleusener breaks down the state’s soybean and corn numbers.

“Soybean planting reached 90 percent complete. Seventy-eight percent of the crop has emerged, which is one point behind normal.The soybean crop condition is four percent very poor to poor, 21 percent fair and 75 percent good to excellent. Ninety-seven percent of corn acres have emerged, compared to 99 percent a year ago. The condition of the crop is five percent very poor to poor, 20 percent fair and 75 percent good to excellent.”

Ninety-five percent of local soybeans are in the ground and 84 percent have emerged. Ninety-nine percent of local corn is emerging.

Local topsoil totaled two percent very short, 23 percent short, 71 percent adequate and four percent surplus. Subsoil was two percent very short, 22 percent short, 73 percent adequate and three percent surplus.

The average temperature for the week in Illinois was around 73 degrees, similar to the West Southwest District. Barley any precipitation fell in Illinois, with the average totaling 0.14 inches. The local district received zero rainfall.