Temps down, precip up during February
Last month, statewide temperatures continued to be below normal, while precipitation was above normal throughout the state. Much of the state was hit with heavy snow early in the month, with total snowfall for the month ranging from less than 6 inches to more than 24 inches.
Much of the wheat crop had been blanketed by snow for the first half of the month, and still remains dormant.
February also marked the beginning of calving season for many cattle operations throughout the state.
Temperatures averaged 29.2 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal.
Statewide, precipitation averaged 2.76 inches, 0.88 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 40 percent surplus.
Winter wheat conditions stand at 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 32 percent good and 4 percent excellent.
Carroll, Piatt lead state in crop yields
Farmers in Carroll County led the way in Illinois corn yields, with an average of 189.8 bushels per acre, the highest in the state. That figure was more than 32 bushels above the disappointing state average of 157.
For soybeans, Piatt County farmers had the highest yield, at 63.3 bushels per acre, almost 12 bushels above the record-high state average of 51.5 bushels per acre.
These two counties, however, were edged out in total production by McLean County, which had the largest production for both corn and soybeans. McClean County also had the largest number of acres harvested for both corn and soybeans.
Acreage, yield and production estimates for the state’s counties are listed on the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s website (http://www.nass.usda.gov/il).
County estimates are a vital part of agriculture, and are used to evaluate and administer farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, insurance
For more information, contact the Illinois Field Office at 800-622-9865.