Harvest is nearly complete for Illinois farmers, much earlier than last year. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user USDAgov)
By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - The corn and soybean harvest is coming along, but the recent rains have not gotten to all of the state, according to the USDA’s chief crop statistician in Illinois.
“The two northern crop reporting districts are still experiencing very dry conditions,” says Brad Schwab. “The northwestern district was 56 percent very short topsoil moisture, and the southeast corner is 44 percent adequate and 56 surplus, so there’s a wide span and range of topsoil moisture supplies from north to south.”
The statewide precipitation average for the past week is 0.83 inches, 0.09 inches below normal.
Corn is 80 percent harvested, soybeans are 47 percent harvested, both ahead of averages. 35 percent of soybeans are rated poor or very poor.