Illinois: Severe Storms and Heavy Rains – US-DA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 6, 2014.

    Agricultural Summary

    Spring weather brought severe storms and heavy rainfall to most of the state last week. Many producers took advantage of the few dry days and applied anhydrous to the fields they didn’t get to in the fall. Statewide temperatures averaged 45.7 degrees, 1.6 degrees below normal. While most of the state experienced cooler weather, temperatures in the Southwest and Southeast districts were slightly above normal. Statewide precipitation averaged 2.09 inches, 1.41 inches above normal with more than a 2 inch increase in the West Southwest, East Southeast, Southwest and Southeast districts.

    Topsoil moisture was rated at 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated at 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

    Winter wheat conditions were rated at 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

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