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December 12, 2018

11/26/2018 2:31:00 PM
End of harvest meets beginning of winter-like temperatures in area
Harvest is over, and not any too soon.

As of Monday, only 4 percent of the state's soybean crop remained in the fields. Only 1 percent remained at this point in 2017.

Winter wheat seeding was almost completed, too. A total of 95 percent of the crop was planted, compared to 99 percent last year. Eighty-four percent of the wheat has emerged, compared to 91 percent last year.

Wheat condition was 4 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 53 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

Meanwhile, temperatures dropped in Crawford County and across Illinois.

Statewide, the average temperature was 29.8 degrees, 12 degrees below normal. Locally, daytime highs ranged from the low 30s to low 40s, while overnight lows were mostly in the 20s. The mercury dipped to 15 Nov. 14.

Precipitation averaged .31 inches, .33 inches below normal. Crawford County received .26 inch of rain and .47 inch of snow during that time.

The state topsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

Soil temperatures have fallen significantly throughout the state in November, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

Soil temperatures measured at depths of 4 inches under sod fell 15 degrees the first two weeks of the month with a state average of 39 degrees Nov. 14. Temperatures are 8 degrees lower than normal for this time of year and 7 degrees below the average in November 2017. Soils under sod remain above freezing, but there were cooler temperatures under bare soil. Temperatures averaged 34 degrees at 4 inches under bare soil, 5 degrees lower than average in November 2017. Lows fell to below freezing at several locations.

Soil moisture declined slightly in November, but remains high. Statewide levels at 2-inch depths averaged .37 water fraction by volume, a decline of 8 percent from Nov 1. Soil moisture was near or at field capacity for most of the soils monitored.

Conditions remain slightly wetter at depths of 39 inches and greater.

There were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

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