There were 1.7 days suitable for field work in Illinois during the week ending May 8, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Heartland Regional Field Office.
Statewide, the average temperature was 53.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.56 inches, 0.53 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 1% short, 49% adequate, and 50% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 2% short, 58% adequate, and 40% surplus.
Corn planted reached 15%, compared to the five-year average of 58%. Corn emerged reached 1%, compared to the five-year average of 23%.
Soybeans planted reached 11%, compared to the five-year average of 30%.
Winter wheat headed was 19%, compared to the five-year average of 42%. Winter wheat condition was rated 9% very poor, 16% poor, 30% fair, 34% good, and 11% excellent.