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A Wet Week for Illinois Crops

A Wet Week for Illinois Crops

Last week was a rainy week in Illinois, and farmers are ambivalent about that.

Illinois got 1.45 inches of rain last week, on average, which is .54 or an inch above normal. Is that good or bad?

“The rain we’ve had of the last few weeks is a mixed bag,” says USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener. “For many people whose crops are in the ground and whose fields are not in the low areas, they like that rain, and it’s helping. But for farmers in the southern part of Illinois that want to harvest their wheat, it’s become an obstacle.”

The winter wheat harvest has reached 20 percent, which is behind the five-year average of 31 percent, according to the weekly USDA crop progress reports.

Crop condition: Corn is rated 78 percent good or excellent, soybeans are 73 percent good or excellent.

Topsoil moisture, statewide: 5 percent short, 77 percent adequate, 18 percent surplus.

 

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