There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 29. Statewide, the average temperature was 68.3 degrees, 6.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 2.23 inches, 1.48 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 14% short, 55% adequate, and 23% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 15% short, 64% adequate, and 13% surplus.

Illinois Crop Progress for week ending Sept. 29 (% completed)

Crop This week Last year 5-year avg.
Corn dented 85 100 99
Corn mature 40 94 86
Corn havested 4 45 30
Soybeans turning color 77 96 92
Soybeans dropping leaves 41 85 76
Soybeans harvested 1 32 22
Winter wheat planted 4 7 6
Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting 93 100 99

Corn dented was at 85%. Corn mature was at 40%. Corn harvested for grain was at 4%, compared to 45% last year and 30% for the five-year average Corn condition was 5% very poor, 15% poor, 33% fair, 41% good, and 6% excellent.

Soybean coloring was at 77%, compared to 96% last year and 92% for the five-year average. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 41%. Soybean harvests was 1% complete. Soybean condition was 5% very poor, 14% poor, 37% fair, 38% good, and 5% excellent. Winter wheat planted was at 4%.

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

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