ST. LOUIS -- Illinois experienced cooler and drier temperatures last week. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Nov. 5. Statewide, the average temperature was 46.0 degrees, 3.0 degrees below normal.

Precipitation averaged 0.51 inches, 0.41 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 8 percent very short, 21 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was 83 percent complete, compared to 91 for the 5-year average. Soybean harvest was 92 percent complete, compared to 94 percent last year. Winter wheat planted was at 90 percent, compared to 92 percent last year.

Winter wheat emerged was at 73 percent, compared to 70 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 7 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.

Pasture and range condition was rated 8 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

If you produce or grow any agricultural products, including field crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, and livestock, regardless of the size of your operation, you should fill out the 2017 Census of Agriculture form coming in Dec. Visit for more information.

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For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the Heartland Regional Field Office at 314-595-9594 or e-mail:


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