News

More Good Weather Leads to More Good Crops

More Good Weather Leads to More Good Crops

Cool and dry conditions prevailed in the week just past, according to the USDA crop report for Illinois.

“Corn silking reached 82 percent, ahead of the five-year average of 70 percent,” said Doug Hartwig, Heartland Region director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. “Corn was rated with 81 percent in good to excellent condition. 69 percent of the soybeans were blooming, ahead of the five-year average of 55 percent. Soybeans were rated with 77 percent in good to excellent condition.”

Topsoil moisture is reported at 83 percent adequate, and the temperature was about 10 degrees below normal.

Coming up: warmer and humid conditions. “It must be getting to be fair time,” Hartwig quips.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Southern Illinois Town Investigating Suspicious Fires

fire

Historical building gutted by fire Friday night.

in Local

Helpful Hints for Healthful Superbowl Snacking

Veggie Tray

MMC Registered Dietician Christina Rollins has ideas to slim down Superbowl snacks.

in Local

Accountability of Charter Schools in Illinois Raises Questions

School Clip Art

A new report alleges fraud up to $27 million.

in Local

Illinois State Police Urge Caution on Roads

winter travel

Illinois State Police say it's best to slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles on the roads today.

in Local

Illinois Basketball Museum to Open in Pontiac

basketball

A museum dedicated to Illinois basketball glory will open to fans by 2016.