Rain slows crop harvest in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on September 15, 2015 at 12:31pm

Rain and cool temperatures occurred throughout Illinois last week, slowing down corn harvest advancement.

The state averaged nearly five days suitable for fieldwork, according to the latest USDA crop report.

Local temperature was around 70 degrees for the week, similar to the state average. The state received a boost in precipitation by over an inch and a half from normal. The West Southwest District totaled 1.88 inches of rainfall.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener reviews the latest corn and soybean numbers.

“Sixty-one percent of corn acres have reached maturity. Six-percent of acres have been harvested, compared to two percent last year and twelve percent normally. The condition of the corn crop is unchanged from last week. Fifteen-percent of acres are rated very poor to poor, 30 percent are fair and 55 percent are in good to excellent condition,” says Schleusener.

“For soybeans, 62 percent of acres are turning color. Thirty-two percent of soybean acres are dropping leaves, compared to 18 percent one year ago. The condition of the crop is unchanged from last week, at 17 percent very poor to poor, 30 percent fair and 53 percent good to excellent.”

Local corn is 96 percent dented, 80 percent mature and 10 percent harvested. Fifty-seven percent of local soybeans are turning color and 46 percent are dropping leaves.

Local topsoil was 14 percent short, 82 percent adequate and three percent surplus. Subsoil for the week was 28 percent short, 68 percent adequate and three percent surplus.