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11/21/2013 2:07:00 PM
Corn, soybean harvests nearly complete; soil moisture still short
Corn and soybean harvest is nearly complete around the state.

Corn harvest, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, was 93 percent complete as of Monday. This compared to 99 percent last year and the five-year average of 82 percent.

Ninety-seven percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, nearly in line with 98 percent last year and above the five-year average of 93 percent.

Ninety-eight percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted and 77 percent has emerged. Wheat conditions were rated at 1 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were rated at 13 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 34 percent good and 2 percent excellent.

Statewide precipitation averaged 0.61 inches during the past week. This was 0.13 inches below normal. An inch of snow was reported in the northwest part of the state, while locally, residents awoke to a dusting of snow on Veterans Day.

Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 6 percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 15 percent very short, 38 percent short and 47

percent adequate.

Temperatures averaged 45.2 degrees, 0.8 degrees above normal.

There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included fall tillage as well as fertilizer and anhydrous application while some farmers turned their attention to cleaning and putting equipment away.

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