News

Crops Begin to Mature

Crops Begin to Mature

It’s not harvest time yet, but Illinois corn and soybeans are showing signs of maturity.

In this week’s USDA crop progress report, we find that 5 percent of Illinois corn is mature, the first sign of mature corn this year. The five-year average is 24 percent, but USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener says you should not be alarmed.

“That five-year average includes the 2012 drought, where everything mature rapidly, too rapidly because it was sort of dying out there in the field instead of making grain, so that’s one thing where currently, our five-year average can be a tad misleading,” he said.

Corn is rated 82 percent in good of excellent condition. Soybeans are now 14 percent turning color, up from just 1 percent last week. Beans are rated 78 percent good or excellent.

Thanks to another week of above-average rainfall – 1.08 inches was the average statewide, a quarter-inch above average – only 9 percent of Illinois fields are dry. There is adequate moisture in 82 percent of acres, and 9 percent have surplus.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

St. Clair County Sheriff Passes on U.S. House Bid

rick watson

Sheriff Rick Watson has declined a run for the house in the 12th Congressional District.

in Local

Judge Approves Place for Mel Reynolds to Stay While on Bond

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a statement Friday June 26, 2015. The indictment says the 63-year-old Chicago Democrat failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012. Each count of failing to file carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Reynolds resigned his Illinois congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage campaign worker. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Former U.S. Congressman claims race is a factor in the case.

in Local

Work on Illinois State Fair Venues Ramps Up

state fair logo

Governor says fair will go on in spite of budget impasse, but some vendors may be paid late.

in Local

Lincoln’s Relationship with Jewish People Theme of New ALPLM Exhibit

7-31-15 Lincoln Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum focuses on what was termed, at the time, another minority group.

in Local

William Kelly is Back — Bashing Sen. Mark Kirk

mark_kirk

Going beyond criticizing Kirk’s comments and policies, William Kelly talked about Kirk’s physical condition since he suffered a stroke in 2012.