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Angie Peltier
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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Percent wheat filled in Illinois for the week ending May 20, 2012 (USDA/NASS)
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Statewide soybean planting is 3 weeks ahead of 5-year average

The warm temperatures and favorable soil conditions have allowed planting to proceed at a faster pace this year than in years past. Yesterday the Illinois Department of Agriculture put out their crops report for the week ending May 20, 2012.


State-wide an estimated 99% of the 12.5 million intended corn acres have been planted, ahead of both 2011 (84%) and the 5-year average (79%). The central three cropping regions in the state (West, Central and East) are finished with corn planting. In Western Illinois, emergence lags behind the rest of the state with only 65% emerged.


State-wide, an estimated 80% of the intended soybean acreage has been planted. This is 3 weeks earlier than the 5-year average (Figure). Emergence state-wide has reached 40%. The Illinois Department of Agriculture suspects that producers in drier regions are waiting for rain to plant. The Western region leads the state, with 90% planted. Emergence in Western IL is 44%.


The wheat crop has matured much faster than in any of the previous 9 years, with 81% of the wheat grain filled (Figure). It is estimated that 45% of the crop has begun to mature and turn yellow.


At the NWIARDC, although there was 3.23 inches of rain during the first 8 days of May, the rest of the month has been dry, with only an additional 0.18 inches. The monthly average precipitation for May is 4.77 inches. If the rest of May continues to be dry, the NWIARDC will have a deficit of 4.93 inches for the year!

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