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ST. LOUIS -- Scattered showers and high temperatures were reported throughout Illinois last week. There were four days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 1.

Statewide, the average temperature was 77.5 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.26 inches, 0.89 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

Corn silking reached 40 percent, compared to 11 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 44 percent, compared with 14 percent last year. Soybean condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 25 percent excellent.

Sorghum condition was rated at 6 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Winter wheat harvest was 83 percent complete, compared to the 5-year average of 67 percent.

There’s still time to fill out and return the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Those who produce or grow any agricultural products, including field crops, fruits, vegetables, floriculture, and livestock, regardless of the size of their operation, are asked to return their 2017 Census of Agriculture as soon as possible. Visit for more information or to respond online.

Access to National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Reports

NASS reports and products may be accessed in the following ways:

  • All reports are available electronically, at no cost, on the NASS web site:
  • Both national and state specific reports are available via a free e-mail subscription. To set-up this free subscription, visit and in the “Follow NASS” box under “Receive reports by Email,” click on “National” or “State” to select the reports you would like to receive.
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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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