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Illinois Corn, Soybeans Progressing on Averages
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/08/2017

Hay bailing continued with cooler temperatures throughout the state. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sunday. Statewide, the average temperature was 70.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, 0.42 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 9 percent very short, 25 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Corn silking reached 97 percent, compared to 98 percent for the 5-year average. Corn dough was at 57 percent, unchanged from this time last year. Corn dented reached 9 percent, compared to 14 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated at 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Soybeans blooming reached 94 percent, compared with 90 percent last year. Soybeans setting pods was at 70 percent, compared to 66 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Pasture and range condition was rated at 6 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

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