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ST. LOUIS -- Harvest is largely complete throughout Illinois with wet weather delaying fall tillage and anhydrous ammonia application. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Nov. 19. Statewide, the average temperature was 39.9 degrees, 2.3 degrees below normal.

Precipitation averaged 1.17 inches, 0.46 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at four percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and three percent surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was 95 percent complete, compared to 98 for the 5-year average.

Winter wheat emerged was at 92 percent, compared to 86 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated five percent very poor, six percent poor, 28 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated seven percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 34 percent good, and two 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 December. Visit for more information.

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