Illinois crops are coming along

Corn silking reached 60 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 64 percent. Corn dough reached 6 percent, even with the 5-year average. (WJBC file photo)

By USDA

SPRINGFIELD – There were 5.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending July 17, 2022. Statewide, the average temperature was 75.3 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.68 inches, 0.01 inches below normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent very short, 17 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent very short, 18 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Corn silking reached 60 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 64 percent. Corn dough reached 6 percent, even with the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 16 percent excellent.

Soybeans blooming reached 41 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 55 percent. Soybeans setting pods reached 8 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 21 percent. Soybean condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 49 percent good, 13 percent excellent.

Winter wheat harvested for grain was 96 percent, even with the 5-year average.

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