Illinois crops progressing despite a dry week


SPRINGFIELD – There were 6.7 days suitable for field work during the week ending May 28, 2023. Statewide, the average temperature was 65.3 degrees, 0.1 degrees above normal.

Precipitation averaged 0.0 inches, 1.08 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 14 percent very short, 28 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 6 percent very short, 31 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Corn planted reached 95 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 82 percent. Corn emerged reached 84 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 68 percent. Corn condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Soybeans planted reached 92 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 67 percent. Soybeans emerged reached 76 percent compared to the 5-year average of 50 percent. Soybeans condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Winter wheat headed was 93 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 88 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.

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