Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 20, 2015.
Corn harvest picked up in central and southern Illinois last week. Statewide, precipitation averaged 1.23 inches, 0.40 inches above normal. The average temperature was 68.1 degrees, 2.6 degrees above normal. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 20. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.
Corn mature reached 78 percent, compared to 53 percent last year and the 5-year average of 69 percent. Corn harvest was 13 percent complete, compared to the 5-year average of 22 percent. Corn condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.
Soybeans coloring was at 80 percent, a jump of 18 percentage points from last week. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 54 percent, compared to the 5-year average of 47 percent. Soybean harvest was 3 percent complete, compared to 4 percent for the 5-year average. Soybean condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.
Sorghum mature was at 52 percent, an increase of 16 percentage points from last week.
Pasture and range condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.