Last week provided warm, yet favorable growing conditions. With 55% of the corn crop silking, the weather picked a great time to cooperate.
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, average temperatures were 0.2 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 9% short, 76% adequate and 15% surplus. Weekly precipitation was 0.29-inch below normal.
Last year at this time, 94% of the crop had silked. Over 70% of central and eastern corn fields were silking last week. This is significantly higher than the southern part of the state, which has approximately 40% silking.
The soybean crop is 39% bloomed, compared to 82% last year. Again, the southern parts of the state are behind.
Wheat harvest was almost complete last week with 93% out of the field. Last year, it was complete by this time.