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September 25, 2017

9/7/2017 1:52:00 PM
Crops: Dry weather lingers across state; corn, beans closer to maturity
Cooler weather prevailed in Crawford County and other parts of the state last week as corn and soybeans move closer to maturity.

Statewide, the average temperature was 68.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A week earlier, the average temperature was 74.2 degrees, .2 degrees above normal.

Dry weather continued across the state, with many western and central Illinois counties experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

More than half of Edgar County, most of Cumberland County and the northwest corner of Clark County were among the abnormally dry areas.

Precipitation last week averaged .79 inches, .07 inches above normal. This was a change from the previous week when rainfall averaged .45 inches, .41 inches below normal.

Locally, .53 inches of rain fell during the week. Only 1.51 inches of rain has been reported here since Aug. 1.

Most local daytime highs last week were in the upper 70s. Most overnight lows were in the 50s.

There 5.9 were days suitable for fieldwork during the week.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 11 percent very short, 37 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 9 percent very short, 37 percent short, 53 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Corn in the dough stage was at 94 percent, compared to 94 percent last year. Corn dented was at 54 percent, compared to 63 percent for the five-year average.

Two percent of the crop had reached maturity, compared to 14 percent for the average.

Condition of the corn crop was rated 4 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 42 percent good and 10 percent excellent.

Ninety-six percent of the state's soybeans were setting pods, compared to 93 percent last year. Soybean coloring was at 8 percent, compared to 9 percent for the five-year average.

Bean condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 50 percent good and 7 percent excellent.

Pasture and range condition was rated 8 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 34 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

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