Illinois' harvest continues ahead of five-year average despite rain showers across state, USDA says; corn 94%, soybeans 97% harvested

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois , November 7, 2011 (press release) – Weather conditions were near normal last week with temperatures and precipitation averaging 48.4 degrees and 1.03 inches. An average of 4.7 days suitable for field work was reported. Despite the rain showers across the state, harvesting continued to progress ahead of the five-year average. Corn harvested now stands at 94 percent, compared to the five-year average of 78 percent. Soybeans harvested are at 97 percent, compared to the five-year average of 89 percent. Many producers are also busy with fall tillage activities, along with fertilizer and lime applications and seeding winter wheat. Topsoil moisture is 5 percent very short, 28 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Sorghum harvested reached 75 percent, up from 70 percent last week. Winter wheat seeded is at 95 percent, up 6 points from last week and 6 points ahead of the five-year average. Wheat emerged reached 78 percent, up from 64 percent last week. Winter wheat conditions are 1 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

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