There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Aug. 11. Statewide, the average temperature was 74.5 degrees, 0.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.41 inches, 0.50 inches below normal.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 20% very short, 42% short, 37% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 11% very short, 35% short, 52% adequate, and 2% surplus.

Illinois Crop Progress for week ending Aug. 11 (% completed)

Crop This week Last year 5-year avg.
Corn silking 93 100 99
Corn dough 42 89 76
Corn dented 1 42 24
Soybeans blooming 80 99 95
Soybeans setting pods 49 89 79
Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting 92 100 99
Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting 43 68 51

Corn silking was at 93%. Corn dough was at 42%, compared to 89% last year and 76% for the five-year average. Corn condition was 5% very poor, 16% poor, 39% fair, 36% good, and 4% excellent.

Soybeans blooming was at 80%, compared to 99% last year and 95% for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods was at 49%, compared to 89% last year and 79% for the five-year average. Soybean condition was 6% very poor, 17% poor, 38% fair, 35% good, and 4% excellent.

Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Heartland Regional Field Office.

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