(NEWTON/OLNEY) In this week’s USDA Crop Report, Illinois experienced patches of rain, snow, and cooler temperatures as limited planting and field work took place over the past seven to ten days. The statewide average temperature last week was 43.8 degrees, 10.9 degrees below normal. Last week’s average precipitation around Illinois was thirteen hundredths of an inch (0.13), which was nearly an inch (0.82) below normal. Both the subsoil and topsoil supplies remain well over 90% adequate to surplus and as of this past Sunday, 4% of the state’s corn crop had been planted, compared to 30% a year ago and the 5 year average of 20%. While over 50% of the state’s winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, at least 4% of the winter wheat crop is headed out, compared to 24% at this time last year. Area farmers in our ten county region report some field work and fertilizing is starting to take place for the first time this spring. Everyone’s reminded to take extra time and think “safety first” as the 2018 planting season fires up.