Spring fieldwork accelerates across Illinois
Last week saw a great deal of equipment preparation along with soil tillage and some planting across the state of Illinois, with an acceleration of work last weekend.
Many producers are busy applying fertilizer and spraying wheat. Other activities included hauling grain to market, repairing and installing drainage tile and taking care of livestock.
Topsoil moisture was rated 29 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate and 1 percent short.
Corn was 1 percent planted compared to 4 percent for the five-year average. Oats were 73 percent planted, compared to 45 percent last week, 32 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat conditions stood at 7 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 34 percent good and 2 percent excellent.