(OLNEY/NEWTON) A cold and wet week slowed most producers’ field work around the state at the 2018 spring planting season continues to be delayed, that’s according to yesterday’s USDA Crop Report in Illinois. In fact, there were only 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week, that’s for the week ending this past Sunday, April 15. The average temperature in Illinois last week was 47.3 degrees, 3.2 degrees below normal. The state’s precipitation last week averaged 1.17 inches, a ten of an inch (0.10) above normal. The topsoil (97%) and subsoil (92%) moisture levels remain mostly adequate to surplus while the state’s winter wheat crop is still in mostly fair (34%) to good (47%) conditions : farmers in our ten county downstate area report a standstill in the 2018 spring planting season with limited fieldwork if any at all so far this year.