Illinois' corn harvest reaches 89% complete, ahead of five-year average, USDA says; soybeans 94% harvested

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois , October 31, 2011 (press release) – Harvest progress was aided by 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Corn harvested now stands at 89 percent, compared to the five-year average of 71 percent. Soybeans harvested are at 94 percent, compared to the five-year average of 80 percent. Many producers are also busy with fall tillage activities, along with fertilizer and lime applications and seeding winter wheat. Temperatures averaged 50.4 degrees, 1.2 degrees below normal with a few reports of heavy frost in some of the northern parts of the state. Precipitation averaged 0.27 inches, 0.24 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture is 13 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Sorghum harvested reached 70 percent, up from 66 percent last week. Winter wheat seeded is at 89 percent, up 15 points from last week and 8 points ahead of the five-year average. Wheat emerged reached 64 percent, up from 40 percent last week. Winter wheat conditions are 1 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.

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