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.
Corn silking 81 100 97
Corn dough 29 79 58
Soybeans blooming 72 95 90
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.

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

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