Precipitation above normal, temps down for past week

Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the five-year average of 48 percent.
Temperatures remained in the 70s, and precipitation was slightly above average for the state.
Activities included spraying fungicide and insecticide.
There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 13.
Statewide precipitation averaged 1.37 inches, which was 0.61 inches above normal.
The average temperature was 73.9 degrees, about 2.5 degrees below normal.
Winter wheat harvest reached 90 percent complete, just behind the five-year average of 91 percent.
The harvested area for wheat in Illinois in 2014 is forecast at 690,000 acres, down 17 percent from the previous year. Yields are forecast at 67 bushes per acre, up one bushel from the June 1 forecast but unchanged from 2013. Total production in the state is forecast at 46.2 million bushels, which is 17 percent below the previous year.
Corn condition was rated at 81 percent good to excellent.
Soybean blooming was at 50 percent, above the five-year average of 36 percent. Soybean condition was rated at 76 percent good to excellent.
Sorghum headed and oats headed reached 15 and 93 percent complete, respectively.
Pasture condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 56 percent good and 19 percent excellent.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 6 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus.
Subsoil moisture was rated at 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

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