Illinois Farmers Watching the Sky for Rain
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Another dry week plagued Illinois farmers.
“Generally, the southern part of the state took it in the shorts a little bit worse than the north,” says Mark Schleusener, deputy director of the Illinois field office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. “In the northwestern district of the state, rainfall averaged seven-tenths of an inch. That is still more than three-tenths of an inch below normal, but I’m sure it was welcomed rain up there.”
Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Schleusener. “For the acres that are in the middle of silking, I’m not sure. If they’re done sillking, then I think that additional precipitation is not going to help.”
Soybeans blooming and corn silking are well ahead of averages, but the quality is not good. 74 percent of the corn and 72 percent of the soybeans are rated fair or worse.