(NEWTON/OLNEY) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, fieldwork continued other the past week with rain in some parts of the state as there were 5.5 days on average suitable for fieldwork. The statewide average temperature last week was 73.5 degrees, 8.4 degrees above normal. Last week’s precipitation in Illinois averaged eight tenths of an inch (0.80), just over a quarter of an inch (0.26) below normal. The state’s corn crop condition is rated 83% good to excellent, 14% fair, and only 3% poor to very poor. As of Sunday, 90% of the state’s soybeans have been planted, compared to 60% last year. At least 50% of the state’s sorghum has been planted. Illinois’ winter wheat crop is 93% headed and is still mostly in good to excellent condition statewide : Farmers in our ten county region surrounding Olney/Newton report much the same. While all the corn has been planted and mostly in good condition, about 90% of the local bean crop has been planted as many farmers are waiting on much-needed rain before they finish planting, plus the local wheat crop is mostly in good shape as well. All are reminded to think “safety first” while outdoors.