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June 18, 2018

6/11/2018 2:11:00 PM
Recent rains not enough to ease dry conditions
Recent showers have not been enough to recharge Crawford County's dwindling soil moisture.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of Crawford is experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions.

Only an area in the north-central part of the county - mostly Prairie Township - is considered to have adequate soil moisture.

Clark County is so far unaffected, but all of Lawrence, Jasper and Richland counties are dry, as is the far northern section of Wabash County.

In all, almost 40 percent of the state is abnormally dry, up from less than 17.5 percent a week ago.

Some western Illinois counties are experiencing moderate drought.

This in spite of the rainfall during the past two weeks. Much-needed rain was reported throughout the state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but it was not enough here.

Only .36 inch of rain was reported in Crawford County last week by the National Weather Service.

Another .03 inch fell Monday and Tuesday this week. The average temperature last week was almost 85 degrees.

Statewide, precipitation last week averaged 1.20 inches, .30 inches above normal. The average temperature was 76.3 degrees, 8.6 degrees above normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

One year ago, the entire state had adequate soil moisture.

There were five days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Soybeans planted was at 94 percent, compared to 82 percent last year and the five-year average of 77 percent. Eighty-five percent of the seeded crop has emerged.

A total of 91 percent of the state corn has emerged, compared with 90 percent for the five-year average.

Corn condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 56 percent good and 25 percent excellent.

Winter wheat headed has reached 98 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and the average of 95 percent.

Wheat condition was rated at 5 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 50 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

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