(OLNEY/NEWTON) In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, there were 5.8 days on average suitable for fieldwork in Illinois last week. The statewide average temperature was 76.3 degrees, 2.6 degrees above normal. Illinois’ average rainfall last week was just under one inch (0.92), about a half inch below normal. As of this past Sunday, 90% of the state’s corn crop was in the dough stage with 45% denting, 90% of the state’s soybeans were setting pods, and 81% of the sorghum crop is now headed out with all the crops in Illinois ahead of the growth scale compared to last year and the five-year average. All three crops are rated at least two-thirds or more in good to excellent condition. Farmers in our ten county area report much the same, although more rain is needed to finish up the local crops as the 2018 fall harvest draws closer. All area farmers and their workers are reminded to think “safety first” as work continues on our regional farms.