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|Big Dent in Harvest Last Week
|More of the crops in Illinois are coming out of the ground.
Last week's dry weather helped some farmers dry down their corn, while the soybean harvest is almost finished, according to the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Producers in western Illinois had nearly a full seven days suitable to get work done in their fields as no measurable rain fell in the region. The average temperature in the west reporting district was 49.3 degrees, a half a degree warmer than the state average and nearly two degrees cooler than the norm for this time of year.
USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says despite a statewide average of a mere 0.01 inches of rain, wet fields were still a factor on the harvest totals. "I think by Wednesday, things probably had dried down enough to where the farmers were able to get out in the fields," Schwab said. "It was an average of 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork. There were not only harvest activities, but also fieldwork activities, ripping and all that they were doing, allowing them a lot of progress."
66% percent of the state's corn is harvested, a gain of 20 percentage points over the previous week. The corn harvest total in western Illinois as of last Sunday was 63%. Soybeans are 90% harvested statewide. Western Illinois is slightly ahead at 92%, which is just five percentage points off of last year's pace at this time.
The district with the most corn harvested to date is the southwest at 93%. The northeast and central districts are the pacesetters for soybeans with 96% of the crop out of the fields.
|11 06 08 by Newsroom
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