(SPRINGFIELD) In Monday’s USDA Crop Report, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork on average last week. Illinois’ average temperature last week was 71.6 degrees, 1.8 degrees below normal. The state’s average precipitation last week was 1.78 inches, just over an inch (1.08) above normal. As of this past Sunday, 97% of the state’s corn crop was in the dough stage with 80% of the corn denting and 11% now mature. Meanwhile, 16% of Illinois’ soybeans were coloring and 91% of the state’s sorghum crop was headed out with 71% coloring. Some corn has started to be shelled in some areas of the state. Farmers in our ten area counties report the local corn, bean, and sorghum crops are all in pretty good shape, rated from 70% to 80% in good to excellent condition and only a couple of weeks away from harvest. Farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” with the 2018 fall harvest fast approaching.