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home : local news : local news May 24, 2016

7/2/2013 8:13:00 AM
Rain begins to hamper growth of deluged crops
Fieldwork was halted and crop development slowed as rain drenched Crawford County and the state again last week.

Farmers here and across Illinois stopped working when rain came and flooded out parts of their fields.

Corn and soybean growth has been progressing, though some rows are uneven in height due to flooding in fields. Disease has been spotted in corn and wheat because of the excess rain.

Precipitation averaged 1.02 inches throughout the state, slightly above normal. In Crawford County, however, about 2.07 inches of rain fell last week. Another 2.53 fell Wednesday. A total of 9.93 inches of rain has been reported here since June 1.

Temperatures across the state averaged 74.9 degrees for the week, 1.5 degree above normal.

Locally, daytime highs during the week averaged just shy of 84.4 degrees. Overnight lows averaged 65.5 degrees.

Topsoil moisture levels across the state were rated as 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus.

There were 4.6 days suitable for field work last week. Activities included spraying nitrogen, applying fertilizer, cutting hay and replanting beans and corn.

Corn emerged progressed to 100 percent compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average of 99 percent. Corn conditions were rated at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 50 percent good and 17 percent excellent.

Soybean planting progressed to 96 percent complete. Soybean conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor,6 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 51 percent good and 18 percent excellent.

Winter wheat conditions were rated as 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good and 20 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were rated as 2 percent poor, 9 percent fair, 59 percent good and 30 percent.

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