Farmers continue to battle wet conditions

Rainy conditions hindered farmers ability to plant cash crops in the past week. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)


BLOOMINGTON – There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending June 2, 2024.

Statewide, the average temperature was 65.9 degrees, 1.4 degrees below normal.

Precipitation averaged 1.24 inches, 0.28 inches above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated 7 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was rated 2 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus.

Corn planted reached 89 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 84 percent. Corn emerged reached 78 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 75 percent.

Corn condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 26 percent excellent.

Soybeans planted reached 81 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 73 percent. Soybeans emerged reached 58 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 59 percent.

Soybeans condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 22 percent excellent.

Winter wheat headed reached 96 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 92 percent.

Winter wheat condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.

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