While wet spring weather left Illinois farmers and their crops running behind for much of the year, a dry autumn has harvest ahead of schedule throughout much of the state.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 50 percent of the Illinois corn crop has now been harvested, just ahead of the five-year average of 47 percent. Many famers have been focusing on soybeans in recent days, and they have now harvested 49 percent of those acres, well ahead of the average of 31 percent, and a significant jump from 24 percent the week before.
Corn harvest progress still varies widely by region. Farmers in the southwest region have harvested 74 percent of their corn acres, compared to just 24 percent in the northwest.
As for other crops, 50 percent of sorghum acres have been harvested statewide, and 22 percent of winter wheat has been planted, with 5 percent of the wheat plants have now emerged from the soil.