Prolonged floods and ponding in fields prevented farmers fromapplying much needed nutrients to stressed and deterioratingcrops which continued to bring down crop conditions,according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.
While there was less rainfall across the state than last week, many crops remained in standing water. Fieldwork remains very
limited while the fields remained saturated. Lodging,
yellowing, and snapped stalks has become more widespread as
the storms continued bringing strong wind and hail. There
were 1.5 days available for fieldwork this week, up 0.4 days
from the previous week.
Soil surpluses continued to be abundant, especially in low
lying fields and areas that cannot drain the excess moisture.
Many farmers have been unable to apply nitrogen to corn,
which continued to become pale and yellow from lack of
nutrients. Weed pressure has increased across the state. Storms
also brought more strong wind and hail, flattening some fields
with shallow root systems. Many winter wheat fields were
unable to be harvested, and have become prone to vomitoxin
and lodging. Drier conditions in the southwest corner of the
State allowed growers to harvest wheat, as the window of
opportunity to plant double cropped soybeans got shorter.
Although the full extent of the damage to the crops is unclear,
many areas that have been damaged or destroyed will not be
Nationally corn was rated 68% good th excellent down from 71% Major soybean states reported that 63% of the crop was rated as good to excellent. Illinois had a sboyben rating of 52% good to excelland and 48% fair to poor.
Regionally, winter wheat mature was 45% in the North, 65%
in Central and 89% in the South. By region winter wheat
harvested was 1% in the North, 10% in Central, and 39% in
the South. Soybeans blooming was 1% complete in the North,
2% in Central and 3% in the South. Corn silking was 0%
complete in the North, 0% in Central and 2% in South.
Feedlots remain soaked and in poor condition. Hay fields
continue to be green and grow, but many have been left uncut
and in standing water. Mint harvest has begun. Other activities
for the week included ditch draining, mowing roadsides,
hauling grain, and certifying crop acres with FSA.