There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 6.

Statewide, the average temperature was 66.8 degrees, 7.4 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.88 inches, 0.13 inches below normal.Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 15% short, 57% adequate, and 20% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 9% very short, 15% short, 63% adequate, and 13% surplus.

Illinois Crop Progress for week ending Oct. 6 (% completed)

Crop This week Last year 5-year avg.
Corn dented 91 100 100
Corn mature 59 99 94
Corn havested 13 61 46
Soybeans turning color 88 100 100
Soybeans dropping leaves 65 92 87
Soybeans harvested 11 49 40
Winter wheat planted 19 20 19
Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting 94 100 100

Corn dented was at 91%. Corn mature was at 59%. Corn harvested for grain was at 13%, compared to 61% last year and 46% for the five-year average. Corn condition was 5% very poor, 16% poor, 33% fair, 41% good, and 5% excellent.

Soybean coloring was at 88%, compared to 100% last year and 100% for the five-year average. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 65%. Soybean harvest was 11% complete, compared to 49% last year and 40% for the five-year average. Soybean condition was 6% very poor, 14% poor, 37% fair, 38% good, and 5% excellent.

Winter wheat planted was at 19%, compared to 20% last year and 19% for the five-year average.

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

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