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15 percent of corn still in the field

December 08, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Though we are well into December, 15 percent of the Illinois corn crop was still in the field through Monday.

That total of 85 percent of the corn crop harvested is well below last year’s 100 percent at this time and is also well off the average of 100 percent for the past five years.

In other words, the amount of corn still out there is unprecedented. And with snow this week, that may not change any time soon.

Producers continued harvest last week with improved field conditions. Drying is still an issue for many farmers and elevators as moisture levels remain elevated in fields. Producers who finished harvest were busy with fall tillage and fertilizer applications. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork reported. Topsoil moisture was rated 57 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus.

Here’s the complete report:

Illinois_crop_report_12-8-09.pdf

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