There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Aug. 4. Statewide, the average temperature was 73.1 degrees, 1 degree below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.36 inches, 0.44 inches below normal.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 13% very short, 44% short, 41% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 5% very short, 35% short, 57% adequate, and 3% surplus.
Illinois Crop Progress for week ending Aug. 4 (% completed)
|Crop||This week||Last year||5-year avg.|
|Soybeans setting pods||30||83||66|
|Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting||88||99||96|
|Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting||29||55||33|
Corn silking was at 81%. Corn dough was at 29%, compared to 79% last year and 58% for the five-year average. Corn condition was 5% very poor, 17% poor, 37% fair, 35% good, and 6% excellent.
Soybeans blooming was at 72%, compared to 95% last year and 90% for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods was at 30%. Soybean condition was 6% very poor, 18% poor, 36% fair, 34% good, and 6% excellent.